Many alumni who are now working in Design and Technology (DT) departments at schools across the country are now contributing to the national effort by making use of resources available to them.
Alumnus Steve Newton (BSc Industrial Design & Technology with Education 2001 and PGCE Design & Technology 2002), Head of Design and Technology at Stamford School, featured in a BBC report last week, discussing the work and explaining the design and production process. Masks are produced using laser cutters, and one mask can be made every two minutes.
"Alongside many other DT departments across the country we have approached the NHS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage as a design challenge.
“At Stamford we are extremely fortunate to have the equipment and skill set to make a real difference to members of our NHS. The design process took approximately 14 hours from initial concept to final prototype and we are now able to manufacture 1,000 a day. We will keep manufacturing as long as we have materials and a demand for the product - we're just glad we are able to help our amazing NHS workers”.