Jaguar Land Rover Develops New 3D Printed GloveSeptember 24, 2019
The JLR 3D Printed Glove is designed to protect British workers.
The 3D-printed glove prototype was designed to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries in Jaguar Land Rover line employees, who may benefit over 40% of workers in some industries.
The glove is designed so as not to cause inconvenience, even when used during the entire eight-hour shift, providing the workers’ hands with the protection and support they need when installing clamps and fasteners or mounting door frames.
JLR used both computer-aided design and 3D printing to create the glove, which is now entering the second generation prototype phase. Thanks to a foam pad made of shock-absorbing polyurethane known as D30, the glove is worn on the base, back and thumb, supporting it when workers perform complex, deftly complex tasks that are repeated several times during the shift.
In the framework of the JLR project “Destination Zero”, which aims to create a safe, clean and healthy environment, the company developed and created a prototype of gloves completely in place, and the staff experiences gloves as they are developed.
The desire to reduce injuries in the workplace is obviously well-intentioned, but it also comes with a sound business case: a third of all money paid in cases of compensation comes from the musculoskeletal system.
Chris Noble, JLR’s additive manufacturing strategist, said: “Technologies like 3D printing gloves allow us to use the best international practices and the equipment we have to protect our manufacturers’ hands by developing the equipment that the Jaguar Land Rover will make – a great place to work, now and in the future. ”
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