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Jaguar Land Rover is to start production of protective visors for keyworkers, utilising its CAD design expertise to answer the UK government call for more vital equipment to fight coronavirus.

The visors will be produced using advanced 3D printing facilities at JLR’s Advanced Product Creation Centre in the UK. The ambition is to produce 5,000 visors a week for National Health Service trusts across the country.

Its engineers, who have designed and manufactured the visors, are now in discussions with suppliers and partners to scale up production. They hope to create a tool that will enable mass production.

Dr Steve Iley, JLR’s Chief Medical Officer, says: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority. It’s important we all utilise our skills, expertise and facilities to help protect NHS staff on the frontline during our country’s greatest crisis in a generation. We can all play a part in helping those who need it most.”

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JLR says it continues to work closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support. As part of ongoing consortia, it will also support those providing vital equipment for ventilator development.

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