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Moray Makerspace – making a true difference


By Alistair Whitfield

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A team of 3D printing enthusiasts have now made and delivered well over 2000 face visors to more than 100 local sites.

Moray Makerspace has been hard at work creating the protective equipment since shortly after lockdown.

It has supplied various models of visors to virtually every health care institution in the region, as well as to numerous other non-medical sites, such as schools and shops.

Here are some of the numbers:

The team of 18 people have made 2431 visors using 3D printers.

These have been distributed to all sorts of places where they are needed.

Just three examples are the pharmacy in Dufftown, Cluny Primary School in Buckie and the Moray Waste Busters recycling site in Forres.

In addition they have bought and assembled 1255 'single use' visors, of which 500 have each been given to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin and Stephen Hospital in Dufftown.

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In total, the different types of visors have gone to no fewer than 110 different local.

Moray Makerspace has even seen its efforts praised in Holyrood.

Claire Griffiths, who teaches computing pupils at Kinloss, Aberlour and St Sylvester's primary schools and Lossiemouth High, is one of the leading lights in the team.

She said: "We've been doing what we can to directly support the local community.

"We've been able to respond to the situation quickly and we'd like to thank everyone for their support."

Claire Griffiths with one of the face visors.Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Claire Griffiths with one of the face visors.Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Claire, an Elgin resident, said a recent personal incident made clear the importance of what Moray Makerspace has been doing these past weeks.

She said: "My parents, who are both aged 81, asked if I could sendtwo visors to their home in Bolton.

"As I was making up the package I started to become really emotional.

"Every one of these visors is helping to protect an individual person."

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