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Meet The Army Cadet Using His Skills To Help The NHS

A Suffolk cadet has been helping the NHS with his 3D printing

A British Army cadet has been using his 3D printer to make surgical mask clips from home and sending them to the Essex Partnership National Health Service.

Daniel Reeve, now a Lance Bombardier in the Army cadets, joined in 2017 as part of the Felixstowe Detachment after hearing about the skills you could learn.

After seeing a post online from a manufacturer of 3D printers suggesting a way that those with the technology at home could help the NHS, the 15-year-old decided to put his skills to use and do his bit, or in his words:

"Do everything I can to make it easier for the (NHS) care staff."

The parts in use. Credit Daniel Reeve

The teenager began printing mask straps for his detachment’s Sergeant, David Powell, who is also an NHS nurse. The Army cadet drops them at the detachment building where David then picks them up and delivers them to the hospitals. 

In just over two weeks, Daniel has made 450 clips and 80 face shields that are now being used by NHS staff at work. He can make four clips every 40 minutes and one face shield every 45 minutes. 

3D printer in action. Credit Daniel Reeve

With schools being closed Daniel, who should have been taking his GCSEs, now has something to focus on. He taught himself how to use and look after his 3D printer. 

The Felixstowe cadets have kept in-touch with virtual meetings while they cannot meet in person. Daniel said:

"I enjoy cadets, I like the first aid skills you can learn."

When Daniel is older, he plans to pursue a career in engineering where his 3D printing skills will most definitely be of use.