Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on a lightweight 3D-printed glove that could help better protect employees from the threat of a musculoskeletal disorder. The glove is designed for people working on the production line, such as those required to fit clips or fasteners into the chassis during assembly of JLR’s luxury vehicles.
“The health and wellbeing of our workforce remains our priority across all factories and facilities. Technologies like the 3D-printed glove allow us to use the world-leading expertise and equipment we have in-house to protect the hands of our makers, developing equipment that will make Jaguar Land Rover a great place to work, now and in the future,” said additive manufacturing strategic engineer Chris Noble.
Engineers at JLR’s Gaydon site, which is home to one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the UK, are using the company’s advanced manufacturing expertise to design and 3D print a lattice-style structure which would provide support to reduce muscle fatigue, but also be flexible and comfortable enough to wear during an eight-hour shift.
In the short term the gloves will support workers across JLR’s facilities, helping to protect against musculoskeletal disorders.