Your private website will be the information hub for your makers and volunteers. You need to make sure that everything they need is available to them here.
There are many ways you can set up a website these days but if you aren’t familiar with webdesign there are 3 places you can go that will make it very easy for you:
Of those three, WordPress gives you the most flexibility and control, but Wix and SquareSpace are much easier if you’re not naturally a techy person.
The main features your site needs to include are:
- A single place they can go to download the 3D printable files (STLS), as well as disclaimers and assembly instructions
- A form for members who have finished printing parts to request them to be collected
- Instructions for 3D printing settings etc
- Any other services or information you think your members will regularly require
The members website should only be accessible by approved makers and volunteers. Make sure the site is password protected and only give the password out to approved members.
You don’t want random people sending in collection requests etc and messing with your system.
You want to make things as easy as possible for your volunteers so make sure when they arrive at the members site, they can instantly find what they are after:
The downloads page is one of the most important parts of the private website. Make sure you always have the latest version of your files available here for people to download.
A big part of your operation is collecting parts that have been printed by your makers ready for factory days.
Your makers should be able to request a collection via your members website and your logistics team will then assign a driver to collect from them.
Our collection form asks for the following details:
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Number of headbands printed
- Number of mask clips printed
- Preferred collection time
Whilst you operate quality control measures at the factory, you don’t want to waste all your time processing bad quality prints. As a result it’s important to make sure your makers know the quality they should be printing at.
Make sure the quality standards are very visible on your members site using something like this:
Check your prints:
We appreciate all the time and effort you are putting into helping us. However, to ensure we continue to maintain a good relationship with the NHS we must maintain a minimum, standard of quality with our PPE.
Please follow the steps below before we receive your printed parts to make sure we will be able to use them:
- Using the photos below, ensure your print meets our quality requirements. Please make sure your print has smooth surfaces on all sides, is not delaminating (separating between layers) and ensure all features have formed correctly. (Please check our Print Settings page for details)
- We can only accept our designs so if you have printed PPE different to those in the photos below, unfortunately we will not be able to distribute them for you.
- Please make sure your printed parts are packed in bags or boxes clearly marked with your full name
You can see here the surface on the blue unit is very rough (This would at the very least be a B grade unit that we wouldn’t be able to send to hospitals). The orange print however is perfectly fine.
Here you can better see the rough surface on the blue print. You can also see that the extrusions for clipping through the visor are misshapen rendering the print useless.