Adam Hussain of 'A H Contemporary Glass' helps with 3D printing PPE

Adam Hussain collaborates with engineers to design, create and distribute PPE whilst on lockdown.

Creative business ‘A H Contemporary Glass’ in Kensington Court, Earlsdon has been helping with the production of PPE safety equipment since the outbreak of Covid-19. Glass artist Adam Hussain donated the studio's 3D printer to collaborate with a graduate engineer in Bristol, who works with Adam’s partner Simon Mulholland. The printer is one of 5,000 in the UK involved with a national 3D printing at home crowd funding scheme. Adam usually uses his 3D printer to print prototypes for his designs, but thought that it could be put to better use to help the NHS and front-line workers.

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Simon also worked on another 3D Print PPE project with his work colleague in Bristol, where they designed and created a range of ‘Ear Savers’. These are strips of plastic that the elastics from face masks attach to instead of the straps going around the ears, saving the wearer's ear from hurting after a long shift. This project was self funded with donations from friends and family following a successful Facebook appeal. These funds covered all the material, post and packaging costs. Simon posted an advert about the ‘Ear Savers’ on a NHS Facebook page and the orders came flooding in, so far we have sent out over 2,000 items.

All parts are printed in Bristol and then drop shipped to Coventry where they are packaged and posted out to the people who needed them most. Most were sent out to nurses, Police forces and care homes around the UK and some were even posted out to hospitals in the New York and Seattle.

We have had an amazing response back from people, that have sent us images of them wearing our products and kind words of how they have made a huge difference to their long shifts. It feels good to be giving something back, that is helping people and it doesn’t cost them anything for our products.

Our latest product is for a private company who wanted full face visors for their office staff returning to work and wanted some PPE protection for their team and clients. They kindly donated a brand new 3D printer, so that we could create even more PPE. The lightweight design incorporates an A4 sheet of clear acetate for the visor for simplicity at their request. We expect that there will be more demand for our products, as companies come out of lock-down and need PPE.