November 23, 2020

TechnoSpark startup launched the production of individual carbon fibre masks for athletes

In November 2020, Artek Mask Company (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of Rusnano Group) began the production of high-duty light carbon fibre masks for athletes. Darko Jevtić, the Rubin Kazan football player, became the first user of the carbon fibre mask by Artek Mask.

An international player of Rubin, Darko Jevtić had his nose broken in a match versus SKA-Khabarovsk on November 4, 2020, but as soon as November 22 he was back to the football pitch to play one and a half time versus Rostov wearing a protective mask. Artek Mask manufactured a custom design mask based on the 3D model of the athlete’s face. The mask is made of carbon fibre.

Photo by Rubin FC Media Office

Personal protective carbon masks are highly sought for in professional sports. They are used to protect the face after bone injuries, most frequently after nose fractures. For instance, such masks were used by such top football players as Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Petr Čech (Chelsea London), and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), as well as the star of Los Angeles Lakers basketball team LeBron James. The minimum cost of the protective carbon fibre masks made in Europe is 1,000 Euro.

Photo by Rubin FC Media Office

The personal carbon fibre composite masks tightly fit the cheekbones, the nose and the forehead of the athlete. Due to their high durability, hardness and light weight, the carbon fibre masks do not lose their shape even under hard impacts and are comfortable to wear. With such protection, an athlete can continue training even after a face injury at full capacity.

Photo by Rubin FC Media Office

The masks by Artek Mask are designed for athletes who play contact sports: football, rugby, handball. The quality of masks manufactured by the TechnoSpark startup is equal to that of the European products, but in Europe, an athlete has to visit the manufacturer for fitting; the Russian company can manufacture the product remotely, which is crucial for professional athletes with an intensive schedule of trainings and matches.

The masks by Artek Mask will be produced by the contracted supplier of composite solutions of TechnoSpark, TEN Composites Company. The mask modelling technology was developed by Zdravprint, a TechnoSpark company that specializes in orthoses production and manufactures 3D printed personal protective plastic masks. The 3D printed masks by Zdravprint were used by the Spartak football player Ilya Kutepov, basketball players Evgeny Voronov and Gustavo Ayón (both from Zenit Saint Petersburg), international players of Nizhny Novgorod basketball club Luke Petrasek and Alexandre Gavrilovic, and other athletes.

Source: TechnoSpark Media Office

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