Arts University Bournemouth has been using its 3D printing facilities to manufacture more than 2,000 COVID-19 protective facemasks for NHS staff.

A team of tutors, technicians, campus services staff and technical demonstrators at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) have been working over the course of two weeks to print, build and distribute more than 2,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the university’s Wallisdown campus.

The specialist arts university, which closed its campus and moved to online teaching more than two weeks ago, had already collected up items of its own PPE equipment, stocked for studio and workshop teaching, and delivered these to local surgeries.

The university then began putting plans in place to fund, print and fabricate new PPE equipment with its 3D printers for essential NHS staff and medical professionals.