Louisburgh teachers use 3D printer to make PPE visors


INNOVATORS Bob Reaney and Liam Murphy are pictured in Sancta Maria College wearing the visors which they are producing and making available to frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19.

Two teachers at Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, have come up with an initiative to help support workers in Mayo get their hands on crucial personal protective equipment (PPE).
Liam Murphy and Bob Reaney, materials technology teachers, have committed to providing 1,500 protective face visors by using the equipment present in the new secondary school building.
The two teachers have already started using laser equipment and a 3D printer on campus to produce the vital visors, and they are now ramping up production with the aim of churning out 100 a day.
Based on an NHS-accepted open-source design from the Smoke & Mirrors website, the visors comprise acetate sheets supplied by Berry’s stationary shop in Westport, which also provided the bagging materials, while supplementary material has been ordered from the UK.
This material was sourced by school principal Pauline Moran, who has given her full backing to the project. “Our teachers are using their skills in a time of need, which deserves full credit,” she said. “Their active contribution shows that they are good people with big hearts.”
Liam said he and his colleague Bob are responding to a general appeal by care workers who need protection to carry out their vital work. The products will be donated to Mayo University Hospital, Louisburgh Order of Malta and other local groups.
Sancta Maria College has already been proactive towards helping Mayo’s frontline workers by donating the PPE equipment from its science lab to local hospitals.