De Aston School has been thanked by the Chief Manufacturing Engineer of Rolls-Royce for playing a part in a global production line of face visors.
The School responded to a call for materials at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and sent over a thousand acetate sheets to Rolls-Royce to help with their efforts to produce face visors for NHS Hospitals and front-line health care staff.
The global virtual production line consisted of a team inside and outside of Rolls-Royce, including partners, families, suppliers, county councils and schools.
Jonathan Watson, Chief Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce said:
“In just a few short weeks, we have delivered over 28,000 face visors worldwide. This includes over 25,000 in the UK and over 18,000 in the East Midlands region.
“These weren’t just from Rolls-Royce 3D printers but local clusters including home 3D printers too. Face visors have been delivered to hospitals, drive-through testing centres, care homes, GP surgeries, pharmacies, physios, vets and primary schools.
“It is really inspiring to see a team who have never met in person, really pull together in such a short time to deliver the objective.”
De Aston School Headteacher Simon Porter spoke of his pride at the School’s involvement in the project:
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the whole De Aston community has shown tremendous spirit and resilience during uncertain times.
“I am delighted that we as a school could help out with national efforts to combat the virus by playing a small part in this vital supply chain of face visors.”