Good News Stories from the Fight Against Covid-19 at MMU

By 6th May 2020 Blog

We are collecting our favourite good news stories to celebrate the incredible work of technicians in the fight against Covid-19. Follow the links to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of our UK-wide stories. If you have any stories you’d like to share with us, please contact or tweet us @NTDCtweets.

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How our Fashion and Textiles team are supporting the NHS

Technical colleagues in our Fashion and Textiles team have been working hard with the Business and Enterprise team in the Manchester Fashion Institute (MFI) to create a production pack to enable manufacturers to produce medical scrubs and gowns in bulk.

The team included Susan Barke, Technical Services Manager (Fashion and Textiles), coordinator of the project, Jayne Gill, Technical Team Leader, who led on pattern drafting and prototype production, Rachel Booth, Assistant Technical Officer, who managed design and technical specifications (both from Garment, Manufacture, Finishing and Bodyscan) and Mary Aspinall, Technical Officer (Pattern, Garment and Textile Technology) taking responsibility for digital patterns and grading.

The team are calling on manufactures to help carry out production and UK fabric sources – helping our NHS frontline staff stay safe and protected as we continue our fight against COVID-19. There are some manufacturers signed up, and production has already started on some sites but much more is needed!

medical-scrubs-mmu       Picture courtesy of Manchester Metropolitan University

Lending a helping hand to our key workers

The fantastic PrintCity team have been working hard to design and create hands-free door handles to help NHS and other essential workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Gary Buller, Technical Officer in PrintCity, recently printed several handles, known as ‘Armie’ for installation at a nursery in the local community.

The Armie design is free to download and we encourage other users and owners of 3D printers to download the design and help our NHS, offices and buildings with essential workers keep safe during this ongoing situation.

The PrintCity team, including Gary, will be returning to their office to print medical visors for NHS staff at Salford Royal and Royal Oldham hospitals.

Armie-Handle-Profiles       Picture courtesy of PrintCity at Manchester Metropolitan University