Design engineers at Baxi Heating have switched high technology 3D printers from making prototype boiler components to frames for protective face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boiler manufacturer’s Preston site is pulling out the stops to use the technology to print frames for full-face visors for NHS workers.
Alan Peel, Product Design Team Leader at Baxi Heating, is leading the project, despite currently self-isolating and working from home – where he is programming the 3D printers remotely.
Baxi Heating has been rescheduling its manufacturing programme to meet the demand for electric water heaters in healthcare settings, including a number of Nightingale hospitals and recovery centres nationwide.
The manufacturer is also carrying out free repairs for NHS workers with Baxi boilers.
David Pinder, CEO of Baxi Heating UK and Ireland, said: “I am really proud of how our colleagues have found ways to pitch in and help with this unprecedented situation.
“This great adversity has brought out the very best in people and I hope that this feeling of national camaraderie persists long after the current emergency has ended.”