Edinburgh-headquartered firm gifts 3D printer to school’s PPE effort

(L-R) Mark Melvin and Fraser Robertson, of Capital Document Solutions

Edinburgh-headquartered Capital Document Solutions has donated a 3D printer to a Glasgow school to help them produce protective visors for frontline NHS and care staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at Kelvinside Academy have created a manufacturing hub within the school and now their efforts have increased thanks to the loan of the £5,000 printer from the Glasgow office of Capital Document Solutions.

Fraser Robertson from Capital Document Solutions said: “As soon as we heard about this we thought it was a brilliant idea. It makes perfect sense to have the 3D printer put to use like this, rather than sitting idle in our Glasgow showroom.

“What they are doing at Kelvinside Academy is so impressive. One of our service engineers, Mark Melvin, came along with me to install and commission the device.

“After that we just stepped back to watch the process in action. The pair of us were blown away by the production line they have set up at the school. It is inspiring to see the ingenuity and dedication involved.”

As well as lending the hi-tech Makerbot 3D printer, the firm also donated multiple rolls of the material used by the machine.

The school hopes to reach a high of producing 1500 masks per day for care homes, ambulance crews and NHS staff all across Greater Glasgow, including Wishaw General Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The project is now being backed by a £50,000 GoFundMe campaign launched by Glasgow cultural venue, SWG3.

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