Darlington-based Paragon Rapid Technologies and 3D printing firm RPS have teamed up to produce 5,000 face shields for NHS hospitals across the North East in their fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Since March, Paragon’s additive manufacturing division have been working to produce the 3D-printed PPE face shields for NHS staff at hospitals across the North East.

The company enlisted help from 3D printing technology innovators RPS to produce the headpieces, which were printed on two different types of 3D printing technology.

Global science firm DSM provided 40 kg of free SLA resin, while digital manufacturing company Carbon supplied technical support and CAD.

Paragon managing director Neil Cook said: “I am so proud of our team. They have worked around the clock, across shifts they wouldn’t ordinarily have worked, and foregone holidays and weekends to get these vital PPE face shields completed and shipped.”

Discussing the different technologies used and the assistance Paragon received from other companies, Cook said: “We printed 1,500 headpieces using our Carbon M2 Digital Light Synthesis printers. The remainder of the order was printed on our three large bed NEO800 stereolithography (SLA) printers with additional support from RPS.”

“RPS are the creators of the NEO800 and they brought their own machines into the process. We are extremely grateful and humbled by their efforts to help. We are also grateful to Royal DSM, creators of the durable, multi-purpose SOMOS resins we run on these large bed machines. DSM donated 40 kg of resin for use in the creation of the shield headpieces.”

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