A group of more than 50 creative makers, council workers, schools and university staff in York are coming together to use their 3D printing skills to fight COVID-19. Using a design that's been successfully printed across Europe, the group’s aim is to supply free visors to anyone in York and the surrounding areas who work in shops and other frontline services. But they need 3D printers and money for supplies.

The idea blossomed from talks between York St John’s music technology teacher David Young and Dave Fleming, Explore York Library & Archives Inclusive Arts & Media Coordinator and has attracted support far and wide, including from the Guild of Media Arts.

“The intention is to offer a free safety visor to anyone in contact with the public during the pandemic. This includes shop assistants, teachers, cleaners, care workers, transport staff and delivery drivers. Our Guild is just one organisation helping to spread the word about this community-led initiative.”

Chris Bailey, Clerk, Guild of Media Arts York

The aim is to get as many visor inserts printed as possible to match up with laminate sheets being created by laser cutting companies. Those who need visors or anyone who can help with materials or printing should email with either ‘I have a 3D printer’, ‘I have materials’ or ‘visor please’ in their subject line. The group is also helping coordinate safe collection and distribution, tech support and materials. To order 1 or more visors, fill out this Google form:

More details are available at 3D Printed Visors for Frontline workers York AREA public Facebook group:

“The majority of those helping are self-employed workers, soon to be unemployed workers, who want to use their skills to support key workers in these difficult times. If you don’t have a 3D printer you can still make a difference by sharing the group’s Facebook address with your network and donating towards the funding at: This will pay for the cost of printing materials such as plastic filaments, UV lights to sterilize the visors, elastic, and fuel. Any money left unused will be donated to Cavell Nurses Trust.”

David Young, project leader


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Notes for Editors

A website is under construction. Until launch the best source of information is:

Donations can be made online at:

If you would like to order 1 or more visors, please click here:

(We can distribute visors within York and the surrounding areas, but if you are further afield please do get in touch. We will do our best to put you in touch with 3D Printers or similar projects in your region)

If you would like to volunteer or support the project in any way, please click here:

(If you are based in York you can join our team. If you are based elsewhere please do get in touch as we may be able to support you in running a similar project in your area - alternatively contact 3dcrowduk directly)

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