Ultimaker - Additive Manufacturing supports the NHS to supply PPE face shields & respirator parts

PPE Case Study
"We’ve just received a very generous donation from local company 3DGBIRE Chorley, meaning that we may now be very close to our goal of gifting a PPE Visor to every single member of patient Facing Staff at Chorley Hospital" - Charlotte Worrall Postill, Chorley Hospital, Lancashire


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Coronavirus: Let’s do our part In this time of crisis

The 3D printing community can help put tools and parts that are in short supply into the hands of medical teams, when and where they’re needed.


For every patient being treated in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), between 30-40 sets of PPE are needed, per day. That means, over the projected course of the UK COVID-19 pandemic, one ICU could use up to 9.2 million sets of PPE to protect their staff from the virus.


Message from Our General Manager, Daniel Abram 'As the pandemic started to cause problems with existing supply chains for PPE and medical devices it became apparent that additive manufacturing was a great solution. 3DGBIRE quickly turned our R&D centre into a small 3D printing production farm and started to produce PPE for our local health care networks. Sharing design and production information is a simple process for additive manufacture process has allowed us to scale production with a network of print farms supported entirely by our customer base. The support from manufacturers, customers and staff has helped us and the wider industry to focus on where it can have an impact. We continue to work with government, healthcare and industrial organisations in developing the production of medical devices. '

PPE Case Study
PPE Case Study
PPE Case Study


By 3D printing PPE face shield parts using our Ultimaker FDM 3D Print Farm, we have been able to reduce the design-to-manufacture timeframes of specific PPE components and bring production in house to support our local NHS's. If you are tired of inefficient production, then the easy-to-use Ultimaker 3D printer product range can save you time and money. Discover the Ultimaker 3D printers that will streamline your workflow and deliver the quality results you need. Choosing the right material is critical to the success of your 3D print. The versatility of Ultimaker's open filament system allows you print with any 2.85 mm filament, and print profiles from the Ultimaker Marketplace streamline print preparation and maximize your print success rate.

Ultimaker S5, Material Station & Air Manager (Pro Bundle)
Material: Filamentive PETG & rPLA | BASF Forward AM PET, Innopet & PRO1
Printing: PPE Face Mask Shields
Print Volume: 3 Per Build Platform
Print Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes


"3D Printing in-house has made supporting the NHS with PPE possible for the team @ 3DGBIRE. We have been working tirelessly to ensure we are maximising our print farms capabilities to provide vast amounts of PPE to our local NHS each week. With the accessibility of the Ultimaker Material Alliance Partners in times of increased demand for PLA, PETG & CPE it made it possible to continue to produce while the 3D Printing Community join in supporting our NHS. Which made us as a community unstoppable" Chris Keeling, R&D & Application Engineer, 3DGBIRE

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore - plus production facilities in Europe and the US - its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to local, digital manufacturing.


The opportunity to work with BAC has been made possible because of the collaboration with 3DGBIRE, who first loaned an Ultimaker S5 printer to BAC. 3DGBIRE are the UK and Ireland’s premium professional 3D printing experts, supplying printers, service, support, training and other market-leading products within the 3D printing industry. They are focused on helping businesses integrate 3D printing into their workflow with the intention of reducing production costs, supporting manufacturing innovation and reducing lead times.

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