Prototype will be a lifesaver

Fast work: The prototype bulk water purifier.
Fast work: The prototype bulk water purifier.
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Engineers from the Advanced Manufacturing Park are helping to turn a dream of bringing sterile water to some of the world’s most needy and remote locations into a reality.

A team from AMP-based Materialise UK has been working with Colchester-based LIFESAVER Systems, developers of the world’s first portable nano-filtration technology, on a project to scale up its invention.

LIFESAVER’s latest version of its invention is capable of turning 30 litres of rain water into sterile water every minute, without the need for chemicals or a power supply, and could be used to provide up to two million litres of sterile drinking water to more than 42,000 people in rural Malaysia.

Materialise stepped in when it was decided a display prototype was needed less than a month before the official launch of the new product.

Its Advanced Manufacturing Park-based team worked with LIFESAVER’s founder Michael Pritchard and his colleagues so that a full sized prototype was ready in time for shipping to Malaysia.

Philip Hudson, managing director of Materialise UK said: “It was great to be involved in this project and to work with Michael and his team. Michael is really inspirational when you meet him and it’s clear that the LIFESAVER products are making a big difference for some of the world’s poorest and most isolated communities.

“The project is also a good example of Materialise’s ‘Touches Programme,’ which aims to enrich the lives of people and communities around the world through the positive engagement of Materialise technology.”

Materialise’s chief executive Wilfried Vancraen has challenged the company to undertake a billion projects as part of the programme by 2020.