foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19
 

foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19

since the outbreak of COVID-19 many architects and designers have joined the effort to fight the pandemic. with a number of studios utilizing their 3D printers and laser cutters to produce vital face shields, foster + partners has now shared a template for a general-purpose visor that can be cleaned and reused. 

foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19 designboom

all images courtesy of foster + partners

 

 

composed of just three pieces, the prototype has been designed with the aim of facilitating quick mass production of the visors. using a zund G3 M 2500 cutting machine, or its equivalent, an incredible 217 visors can be cut every hour. the british-based practice hopes that by sharing the templates and material specifications as an open-source resource other studios and manufacturers will be encouraged to use their laser cutting machines to produce the much-needed equipment for those on the frontline of COVID-19. the file for digital flatbed cutters and the assembly instructions can be found on the foster + partners’ website here

foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19 designboom

 

 

the templates, which are for digital and laser cutters, offer a quicker turnover than masks produced by 3D printing. each visor can be cut in under 30 seconds and assembled in under a minute. alternatively, the face shields be flat-packed and distributed quickly in large quantities. using their digital flatbed cutter foster + partners has been able to cut and assemble components for 1,000 masks in a single day.

foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19 designboom

 

 

the three components comprise a visor made from 0.5mm optically clear PETG, an interlocking soft PP headband, and a surgical silicone rubber head strap that ties the two together. due to the increasing deficit of raw materials, the face shields are also designed to be easily disassembled, cleaned, sanitised and reused. foster +partners are now delivering these prototypes to a number of hospitals in london where they are being tested. the practice is also exploring means of getting the design approved for mass production and use by health workers.

foster + partners shares template for a reusable face visor to aid the fight against COVID-19 designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project type: reusable face visor template

design: foster + partners

  • There are a lot of templates that have been shared weeks ago. Yet, you praise a BIG architecture firm for sharing something that you can find online anyway, when actually they have the power and capital to do much more than that.
    Good plan on their part. Share something that’s free on the internet – get free promotion on designboom.

    Eh...

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