Central regions | Technology & innovation

Russian startup makes individual protective masks for athletes

26 Nov '20
Artek Mask (part of the TechnoSpark group of companies of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the Rusnano Group) in November 2020 began producing high-strength and lightweight carbon fiber masks for athletes. The first user of the Artek Mask carbon mask was the football player of Kazan Rubin Darko Jevtich.

Rubin's legionnaire Darko Jevtich suffered a broken nose on November 4, 2020 in a match against SKA-Khabarovsk, and on November 22 he returned to the football field, having played half a time in a protective mask in the match with Rostov. Artek Mask made a mask of its own design based on a 3D model of the athlete's face. The material of the mask is carbon.

Personal protective masks made of carbon fiber are in demand in professional sports. They are used for injuries of the facial bones, most often for fractures of the nose. For example, top football players Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Petr Cech (Chelsea London) and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James have worn such masks. The minimum cost of European-made protective carbon fiber masks is 1000 euros.

Customized composite masks fit snugly over the cheekbones, nose and forehead of the athlete. Due to the high strength, rigidity and lightness of carbon, they do not deform even with very strong impacts and are comfortable to wear. With this protection, the athlete can continue training and performing after a facial injury while maintaining full play potential.

Artek Masks are designed for athletes in contact sports - football, rugby, handball. In terms of quality, the masks of the TechnoSpark startup are not inferior to European manufacturers, but to make a mask in Europe, you need to come to the manufacturer for fitting, and the Russian company fulfills the order completely remotely, which is important for professional athletes with a tight schedule of training and games.

Artek Mask will be manufactured by TEN composites, a contract supplier of TechnoSpark composite solutions. The mask modeling technology was developed by TechnoSparka Zdravprint, which specializes in the manufacture of orthoses, but also produces personal protective masks using 3D printing from plastic.

3D-printed Zdravprint masks were used by Spartak footballer Ilya Kutepov, basketball players Evgeny Voronov and Gustavo Ayon (both Zenit St. Petersburg), legionnaires of the Nizhny Novgorod basketball club Luke Petrasek and Alex Gavrilovich and other athletes.
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