Jake Howarth, 17, a student at The Grammar School at Leeds, began producing visors on a 3D printer at home, then used money awarded to him by the Arkwright Trust to buy a newer, faster model.
The budding engineer had received £600 from the Trust to support his A-level studies, and to fund activities to widen his experience of engineering. Jake invested in another 3D printer, then teamed up with 3D Crowd UK, a group of 8,000 plus volunteers countrywide who are using their manufacturing expertise and equipment to produce PPE. In 12 weeks the group produced 185,000 visors and raised £144,000 to pay for materials.
While Jake worked at home, the design technology workshop at GSAL has been used as a PPE production centre. The school’s head of design technology, John Bagshaw, coordinated the project, which has made and sent 4,000 visors since school closed at the end of March.
See the full story in Yorkshire Evening Post of Wed 17th June