A TAUNTON teacher is using school devices to make specialist personal protection equipment to help the fight against COVID-19.

Glyn Bough, head of design and technology at Taunton School, has set the school's 3D printers to work to make specialist visors for NHS staff.

The machines are operating 24/7 making essential visor clip components.

Mr Bough has been working with manufacturers to determine design specifications.

Once made, the visors will be shipped to Dulwich College London, where staff are centrally locating them to attach to the face shields.

In addition, Taunton School has also donated all spare safety glasses, goggles and gloves to Musgrove Park Hospital.

On hearing about Mr Bough's work with 3D printers via social media, develpers Taylor Wimpey have offered their own 3D printer as an additional resource for Taunton School to use.

The first batch of visor components are being sent off today (Friday).

Mr Bough said: “There is a movement within the design and technology departments across the country to help with the Covid-19 pandemic.

"And, having come from a family that have worked for the NHS for many years, I felt we need to help in any way we can.

"We have the machines,and we have the material;,so why not?

"We will make as many as we can. We are also utilising our laser cutting facilities to make alternative versions of visors.”

Headmaster Lee Glaser said “This is a great example of community spirit and initiative during these testing times. I’m grateful to Glyn and to all who are making the difference.”