This is a short article about James Dent who is making NHS visors in Powys. James, my son-in-law to be, is the founder of Hossa Design. Like many people during the pandemic, James has redeployed his talents to doing something helpful for the community. He is an exceptional product designer and in early April, he turned his attention away from designing jigs and other high-end cycling products for the mountain bike industry to designing, laser-cutting and assembling visors by hand. He did this from his workshop in Machynlleth, Wales for the local NHS.
He says, “When we saw that Kitronik had made an Open Source face shield design, we got involved with making PPE for the NHS and other frontline staff . Their design is simple and uses little of the polypropylene material which is running low because of high demand. The blue parts are laser-cut polypropylene and make up an adjustable headband. The screen is clear binding sheet; a common off-the-shelf office product.”
So far, he’s made over 150 visors and the feedback from NHS staff is really positive, with users saying that they are both effective and provide some comforting personal protection.