St John’s uses 3D printers to support NHS

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St John’s uses 3D printers to support NHS

Gary England is coordinating our NHS support

St John’s Design & Technology teacher Gary England was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Drivetime show on Fri 3rd April. Listen here at 02:35:35. He talked about how he is coordinating the production of items to support the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis, and making use of the St John’s 3D printers.

Gary’s involvement in the project came about through a friend in management in the RUH Anaesthetics, Critical Care and ITU departments, who told him about items they were in desperate need of.

He explains “I saw a design online by the company who make two of our 3D printers, Prusa, and how others across the world are making the face masks that include a 3D printed top and bottom section along with a clear face screen and some elastic. I ordered the clear materials and elastic online (though elastic is single use and has to be replaced as it can harbour C-19) and am now manufacturing them at home having taken one of the printers home”.

Gary England’s wife Emma modelling the face screen

Geoff Brickell from Marlborough Area Development Trust (MADT) is also supporting the project, having donated the 3D printers to St John’s and running our Digital Makers club. He is producing 3D printed parts at home too and then Gary is collecting and assembling.

Staff currently have sufficient 3D printing filament and APET clear plastic to make up to 60 additional visors. They are hoping to source additional materials, and are hoping that the wider community will be able to support the venture. Anyone able to help should email Gary England:

Amelia, 9 and Phoebe, 6 are helping Dad, Gary England, by decorating textile pull-string bags for NHS workers


Another item that has been identified in Manchester is textile pull-string bags for NHS staff, so they can place their clothes inside and wash the whole lot in the washing machine together, to stop the likelihood of spreading any germs. Several other willing volunteers from the D&T departments at St John’s Marlborough and John O’Gaunt Hungerford are now starting production.

Gary England was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Drivetime show on Fri 3rd April. Listen here The interview is at 02:35:35

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