Stationery company Batch.Works, a winner of London Stationery Show’s third LaunchPad competition in 2018, has announced it is raising funds to pay for the production of more than 11,000 face shields to protect front-line NHS works in the UK.
Batch.Works founder Julien Vaissières, who in ‘normal’ time uses the company’s 3D printer to create functional, design-led stationery and desk accessories, has collaborated with Milo McLoughlin-Greening and Salome Bazin at healthcare design studio Cellule to design and produce an optimised face shield to protect healthcare staff most at risk during the current pandemic.
The company is aiming to raise £15,000 in order to provide enough face shields for up to three London hospitals.
Vaissières said they have the current capacity to produce more than 1000 units per day at its central London Microfactory. He states on the funding page: “All we need is some start-up money to buy production materials to produce the first batch, and to package the face shields safely, in a sterilised way for delivery.”
Vaissières added: “We have a shield design that has been produced specifically for a high-quality and quick turnaround. The Batch.shields will be printed at the Batch.works facility that fulfils orders of up to 10,000 parts on a regular basis.
“We have a team made up of designers with specific skills in the field of localised and distributed manufacture, and will thus be able to support the growing shortage in UK hospitals.”
Every step of the process follows NHS health and safety guidelines and COVID-19 hygiene protocol. The mask consists of a 3D-printed plastic part that can be easily disinfected, a disposable rubber band and foam tape. The funds raised will go towards material to make laser-cut visors, elasticated headbands, sterile packaging and reliable shipping.
Batch.Works will donate its own material for the 3D printed parts of the mask, and volunteer their time for design, production and assembly. They are also seeking extra volunteers to help with mask assembly.
Anyone interested in supporting this lightning-fast initiative can do so at the project’s Gofundme page, where £10 will fund five disposable light shields and £20 will fund four reusable heavy shields.