The TechnoSpark’s Startup Has Begun Producing Custom Carbon Masks for Athletes
Artek Mask (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the investment network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has begun producing high-strength and lightweight carbon fiber masks to protect athletes’ faces. The football player of the Kazan Rubin Darko Jevtic has become the first user of the carbon Artek Mask.
The Rubin’s legendary player Darko Jevtic got a broken nose in the match against SKA-Khabarovsk on November 4, 2020, but thanks to a protective mask he returned to the soccer field on November 22, after playing a half in the match against Rostov. Artek Mask made a mask of its design based on a 3D model of the athlete’s face. The material of the mask is carbon. The Artek Masks masks were first shown at the Startup Expo exhibition of the Open Innovations Forum.
Customized composite masks fit snugly over the athlete’s cheekbones, nose and forehead. Due to the high strength, stiffness, and lightness of carbon, they do not deform even with very hard impacts and are comfortable to wear. With this protection, the athlete can continue to train and perform after a facial injury, retaining his full playing potential.
In the world of professional sports, individual protective masks made of carbon are becoming increasingly popular. They are used for injuries to the facial bones, most commonly for nasal fractures. For instance, such masks were used by top footballers Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Petr Cech (Chelsea London), and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), as well as by Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James. The minimum cost of the European-made carbon masks is €1,000.
The Artek Mask masks are designed for athletes of contact sports: soccer, rugby, and handball. In terms of quality, the TechnoSpark’s masks are as good as those of European manufacturers, but they do not require the customer to come and try them on. The Russian company fulfills the order completely remotely, which is important for professional athletes with a busy schedule of training and games.
The Artek Mask masks will be manufactured by TEN composites, the contract supplier of the TechnoSpark composite solutions. The mask modeling technology was developed by another TechnoSpark startup, Zdravprint, which specializes in making orthoses, but also produces individual plastic protective masks by 3D printing. Spartak footballer Ilya Kutepov, basketball players Evgeny Voronov and Gustavo Ayon, both from the St. Petersburg Zenit), the foreign player of Nizhny Novgorod basketball club Alex Gavrilovich, and other athletes used Zdravprint’s 3D-printed masks.
The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.
The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.
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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).
For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru