Zurich employees helping to make protective face equipment

  • As the fight against Coronavirus continues, two Zurich employees are helping to produce protective equipment for healthcare professionals
  • Andrew Coe, Engineer Surveyor, and Tim Mortlock, Senior Market Underwriter, have both individually been using 3D printers to help produce face masks
  • For more information about how Zurich are tackling the coronavirus, and online support and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our Coronavirus help and support pages.

After work, when most of us are thinking about taking our daily exercise or deciding what to have for dinner, some Zurich employees are busy making protective face equipment for healthcare professionals.

Andrew Coe, Engineer Surveyor, and Tim Mortlock, Senior Market Underwriter, have both individually been using 3D printers during their spare time on producing equipment to help produce face masks.

Andrew explains how he came up with the idea: ”I’ve always been a technology and gadget fan so as soon as 3D printers became affordable, I purchased one. It’s more of a hobby than just a printer though as getting prints of a decent quality takes a fair amount of tuning.

“I had read on the news about people in Italy 3D printing parts for ventilators and started looking if there was anything I could do. Visors are in demand and there are a couple of projects ongoing at the moment so I chose the largest one and I have printed and supplied this project with visor frames (bottom left). Most recently, I’ve been working on the Euro type full face shield, which you can make using PVC clear sheets and a hole punch.

“My local university is supporting this design and distributing them to our local hospital and trusts. My wife is a respiratory nurse and infection controller lead at a GP practice so I have also made a batch for her and her colleagues to use.”

Tim has also been producing shields that can be made into a kit along with elastic and visors. As part of a wider 3dcrowd.uk effort, Tim’s 3D printed shields are delivered to a local hub.

He explains, “my shields (bottom right) are delivered to the local hub about 10 miles away, where they are disinfected, and made into a kit with elastic and visors. These are then distributed to local front line agencies that need them, such as GP surgeries, hospitals, care homes, etc. Needless to say the supply is far under the demand, but we’re helping where we can.”

“We’re doing it in no expectation of anything in return, but for those not able to fund the materials themselves there is a system to reimburse them or supply them more materials to allow them to continue production, the more we can make the better.”

For more information about how Zurich are tackling the coronavirus, and online support and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our Coronavirus help and support pages.