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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:38am

A clear face mask with black clips on a white background Selwyn Libraries have been helping out local essential workers with the use of four 3D printers.

The libraries team has printed almost 100 face masks for distribution to Selwyn medical centres and other essential workers to help them keep working and stay safe during the pandemic.

Libraries Digital Futures Coordinator Mark Lawrence says they responded to a request online for help. Mr Lawrence set to work at home using the libraries’ four 3D printers, a laminator, and a design by a Czech company to print the masks.

A row of 3D printers in a garage“We saw the call from a customer whose wife is a General Practitioner to assist in the production of this important piece of safety equipment that is in short supply. The 3D printers are playing a tune in my garage at present as they print a run. The plan is to distribute to doctors surgeries, pharmacists and dentists and others in the district who are on the front line working for the community.”

Mr Lawrence says three Selwyn residents with 3D printers got in touch online and are helping out with the effort. They have over 30 companies including dentists, vets, midwives and supermarkets on a list that they are looking to supply with priority going to doctors and nurses.