Malaysian student Vishan Nair has been making personal protective equipment (PPE) during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period for the many frontliners in our country.
According to Metro, Vishan has been spending a great deal of time around the dining table with his family, but for very different reasons other than what might come to mind. This is where he creates face shields for healthcare workers using his own 3D printer.
Vishan and his team of volunteers have successfully distributed over 1,000 face shields to more than 40 hospitals and health clinics all over Malaysia, including a medical centre in Wales, UK. His team has been receiving financial support from many Good Samaritans across the globe.
“We all work from our homes and it takes roughly 40 minutes to print each shield and another 20 to punch holes into the acetate sheets and assemble a finished product”, said Vishan. “Once the shields are ready, it will be delivered to the frontliners via Grab,”
The Masters in Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Sheffield also admits that the PPE production and distribution is a collaborative effort, as Malaysian volunteers have been sharing tips and advice on 3D prints in WhatsApp groups.
Last year, Vishan made headlines when he was part of a team that managed to beat the existing United Kingdom altitude record for amateur high power rockets. With his team, Vishan led rocket team Sheffield University Nova Rocket Innovation Design Engineering (SunrIde) in launching its “Helen” rocket at Spaceport America Cup, New Mexico.
Later that year, Vishan received an award from then Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail for his achievements.
Thank you for doing what you can, Vishan!
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