LDE UTC Student Highlighted in Newham Recorder for Generating PPE for the NHS.
Dhiresh — a student at The London Design and Engineering (LDE) UTC in Royal Docks — is also the founder of makers4thenhs, a service which produces face shields for frontline workers.
As the initiative receives national acclaim, the founder explains how his college inspired the idea: “My passion for 3D printing came from the College. It has a lot of printers, but some of them were broken, so I began taking them home to fix them. It grew from there.”Dhiresh started 3D printing at age 14; four years on, he is managing around 65 volunteers involved with making the visors.
The founder explains that volunteers use their own 3D printers to produce the materials, after which everything is sent to a hub in either London or Hampshire to be delivered.
Clear thought has gone into every element of the process, highlighted by how the orders are staggered.
For example, if two hospitals order large quantities of visors, batches of twenty will be alternated between each to ensure fairness: “We don’t want one hospital to get all the PPE”.