Nathan March supports NHS front line workers in producing vital PPE

28th April 2020

Nathan March, one of our asset management technicians is putting his technical skills and 3D printer at home to good use by producing special plastic straps known as ‘ear savers’ which form part of the face mask to protect NHS front line workers.

From his spare room, Nathan is able to produce around 250 components a week, helping to fulfil orders to supply much needed parts of PPE to his local King George Hospital in Goodmayes. The ear savers work by attaching the elastic fastenings from facemasks onto the plastic strap which is worn on the back of the head to provide more flexibility, prevent friction and make them more comfortable for NHS workers to wear.   

One of Nathan’s long standing family friends is a district nurse at the hospital so he was able to have an insight and understand the issues and pressures first hand.      

To support Nathan in his efforts, TB+A will be sponsoring him to continue this much needed work by funding the spools of plastic filament used to print the final product. Nathan adds ‘It’s a really challenging and difficult time for healthcare workers, so 3D printing these ear savers around my day to day work is a great way for me to be able to do my bit, with TB+A’s help, to support and protect my friend and her NHS colleagues’.

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