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COVID-19 Side Effects / Ep25: How does a Nasa backed design engineer from Imperial end up managing a printer farm for the NHS? Nate Petre and Makerversity deliver Printed PPE at scale

[37 Mins]

I talk to designer Nate Petre, who has teamed up to make PPE for frontline NHS staff, direct from London tech hub Makerversity.

Nate Petre has a diverse design background. He was an ex researcher at Imperial College’s Dyson School of Design Engineering specialising in Digital Disruptive Manufacturing, and backed by funding from Nasa, Petre developed the world’s first fully compostable 3D-printed surfboard. Since then he has developed ways to print boards from beach and marine plastic.

So when the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold, we connected about the potential for Printed PPE. Six weeks later, we catch up again to discuss what has happened since we first connected to talk about helping out.

[2 Mins]  From surfboards to fuel cells. A background in disruptive manufacturing

[6 Mins] A Twitter post leads to a connection with Dr Dominic Pimenta, a cardiologist and author working at an intensive care unit in North London

[9 Mins]  Farnell support and the 3D printer farm

[13 Mins] Printer PPE from Makerversity

[19 Mins] A good path forward – global collaboration

[23 Mins] The future for design and designers

[26 Mins] The new global conversation: Collaboration and shared IP

[29 Mins] Every injury leads to learning

[32 Mins] Too early to tell

[34 Mins] The magic wand

 

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Do you have an idea that could help us fight the Coronavirus after lockdown? Join us on COVID-19 Side effects. Email hello@weareten.co.uk

 

Image credit: Makerversity

Matt Pattison

CEO & Founder at TEN

   

Matt Pattison

CEO & Founder at TEN

   

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