Mike Stevens says the favourite part of his day job as a CMM engineer in the Body Shop at JLR Halewood is working with 3D printers
So it was a no brainer for him to put his passion for printing to good use while furloughed to make hundreds of vital face shields for the NHS front line workers to use across Merseyside.
He started using his own printer but then got permission to borrow an additional three JLR printers from work to ramp up production and has made and delivered over 500 visors to major hospitals in the region such as the Royal Liverpool Hospital (the line up picture) but his main focus has been the smaller facilities including mental health hospitals, nursing homes and the North West Ambulance service which faced chronic shortages.
Mike said: “I use these printers throughout the day in work and it’s my favourite part of the job. I’d been sat at home for weeks, I’d done the gardening, looked after the kids, and I just wanted to be helpful and do what I could to support the NHS. There is a chronic shortage of PPE and if everyone who had a printer did the same, we would be able to solve this problem relatively quickly.”
Danielle Shaw, a senior paramedic from the North West Ambulance Service, wrote to Mike to thank him for his crucial support in the fight against COVID-19. She said: “I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and your colleagues at Jaguar Land Rover Liverpool for your kind donation to our front line staff during these challenging times. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed immense pressure on not only the Ambulance Service but the wider NHS and care services and it is your kind spirit and generosity that is boosting staff morale and therefore assisting in the fight against COVID-19.”