Historic Environment Scotland repurposes its technology to produce PPE

HISTORIC Environment Scotland (HES) has repurposed technology at its national conservation centre to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) visors for NHS staff.

The Engine Shed in Stirling has already produced its first batch of 50 masks, which were delivered to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for staff in its Maxillofacial department.

HES said that its centre will now produce ‘upwards’ of 50 PPE masks a week for the NHS and various organisations across Scotland, including the recently formed Emergency Conservators Network (ECN) which has recently been set up to address facilitate conservation involvement in addressing PPE shortages throughout the UK.

HES’s head of digital innovation, Al Rawlinson, who has overseen the production of the protective visor masks said, “We typically use our 3D printers to create models of our sites and collections for conservation, learning and interpretation purposes.

“It’s been hugely rewarding to repurpose the technology to assist the NHS at this challenging time.

“The masks have been produced to meet the stringent specifications required for these specially adapted protective visors.

“HES is doing a lot across our various teams and with our partners to support the wider, countrywide fight against Coronavirus. It’s an absolute privilege to help NHS staff in this way, and we would like to extend our thanks to the QEUH team for all their fantastic work.”