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National Business Response Network

02 Apr 2020 by Engineering Capacity

A national Business Response Network has been launched to bring business support to local needs.

As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, the need to link business support to community need in the right place, at the right time and at the right scale has never been more urgent.

Get files to make face shields

01 Apr 2020 by

3D-printing specialist SYS Systems has launched a project to create protective face shields and is sharing the files with any company that has a 3D printer.

There is an urgent need to equip thousands of NHS workers, law enforcement professionals and other key workers with full-face plastic visors to enable them to work safely on the front line.

Cleanrooms for ventilator production

01 Apr 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Connect 2 Cleanrooms, a UK cleanroom design and build specialist, is offering its services for the ventilator production drive.

CEO Joe Govier said: “We would welcome any organisation who is looking for a quick-to-production cleanroom manufacturing environment to support the UK Government’s efforts to increase ventilator production to contact us.

“We have contacted the BEIS Business Support Helpline to offer our contamination control services and are also reaching out to manufacturers directly due to the urgency of the situation.

Tooling up for ventilator work

31 Mar 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Sliding and fixed-head lathe manufacturer Citizen reports that five subcontractors responding to the ventilator manufacturing call have ordered new machines in the past fortnight.

Digital manufacturing response

30 Mar 2020 by Engineering Capacity

Protolabs is using its 3D-printing, machining and moulding skills to produce critical parts for Covid-19 testing and ventilator masks

The company specialises in the fast digital manufacture of prototypes and low-volume production parts.

Protolabs, which employs over 450 people at its European headquarters in Telford, has played a key role in supporting Italian engineers in the conversion of ‘Easybreath’ snorkelling equipment into ventilator masks.