Angus Iron Man Creator Turns Movie Props Talent to Making PPE for Real-Life Covid-19 HeroesGillian Black
A film props maker in Angus has turned from creating superheroes to making lifesaving PPE for the frontline angels of the Covid-19 fight.
Former Royal Marine Steve Wild’s past creations have included a spectacular eight-foot tall wearable Iron Man outfit which wowed crowds during Arbroath’s 2016 Halloween.
Previous projects included a 2,000-piece cross made up of 1,500 hand-built figures of Christ and 500 human skulls in the base, Game of Thrones and Minecraft characters and even a metre-high My Little Pony.
His model-making skills have secure the sci-fi fan work with a variety of independent film companies, but Steve is now turning his talents away from the world of movie animation to the vital protective equipment for healthcare and other staff in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
He has now launched a Face Shields for Heroes crowdfunder to help him continue to supply the protective masks free of charge to health staff.
Steve’s move comes as Angus schools were among those praised for turning technical departments into 3D printing factories for much-need PPE.
Steve, from Inverkeilor, said: “I have decided to switch my build focus to the production and distribution of free PPE full face shields for frontline workers and healthcare facilities.
“This will involve the 3D printing of headbands and visor supports, a full face plastic shield will then be added and once disinfected the unit will be bagged and sealed before being distributed to those needing its protection.
“I have the machines necessary for this task and a limited amount of resources for production which has already begun, but I need help to sustain production in the form of donations from the public to help protect the people that keep us safe so that they can continue to be there for those that will need their experience and skillsets in the future.
“I am currently exploring the possibility of supplying Ninewells and Arbroath Infirmary and discussing the changes, if any, required in print materials or design to make this happen. Until then I will continue to supply other local frontline keyworkers and facilities in the local area.”
Angus Council chiefs have also praised the immediate reaction of some school technical departments to the crisis, with 3D printers being used to boost PPE supplies, including Forfar Academy and Monifieth High School.