Date Posted... Apr 9th 2020

Truro School DT department make face shields for key workers

Joining forces with Design and Technology (DT) departments all over the country, Truro School’s DT department Mr Baker, Miss Coleridge, and Mr Shardlow have used the Easter holidays using their skills to produce much needed protective face shields for those in the local community who are on the frontline fighting Covid-19.
There has been a huge demand for them after a social media post attracted much attention and requests came flooding in fast.

Mr Baker commented: “Once we had a protype we were confident would work, we were able to generate overwhelming interest through social media in a short period of time, which gave us the motivation to get making immediately. We were able to make 90 re-useable shields in a day, which have already been distributed to surgeries, care homes and hospitals across mid-Cornwall, and we plan to make more over the coming days.”

The face shields are made using an adjustable laser-cut polypropylene headband and a curved PVC shield, which can be wiped clean, with the help of various technology.

Mr Baker explained: “The school’s 3D printers are busy. Two of the school’s Creality CR10 3D printers have been loaned to a former student who is producing face shields for the Newquay and Padstow areas and the new BCN Sigmax R19 is proving invaluable. Although materials are increasingly scarce, we have been able to source additional materials, which should keep us in production for a while yet.”