Welcome to the fifth in a new series of weekly insights, delving into the lives and thoughts of college staff working from home.

This week, we hear from David Bowen, who is a lecturere in ICT at the Dolgellau campus.

Supporting with PPE through 3D Printing

Apart from continuing to deliver my learning sessions from home, I've taken this opportunity to also help the local community by utilising my 3D printer.

The North Wales Tech Forum were really helpful with information on the PPE requirements and designs so I'm now producing the approved Verkstan headbands as fast as my printer can turn them out. 3D printing is a pretty slow process which is one of the reasons why there is such a shortage of equipment and why there has been a call for anyone who can help to get involved. It takes over 3 hours to print a single headband - which means I've not been getting much sleep! However, I've now managed to get the printing time down to 45 minutes!

I've already supplied batches to Tywyn Health Centre and the Alexandra Nursing Home in Tywyn and I'm currently producing a batch for Tywyn Hospital.

I'm really pleased that I've been able to utilise my skills - many of which I use day to day in my job role - to do my bit to assist the healthcare sector in North Wales.