The Irish tech company CALT Dynamics, founded by UCD research engineers Ross Lawless, Colin Keogh and Irene Villafane, has developed a prototype protective visor that can be produced rapidly using 3D printing.
The company has already donated prototypes of the visors to a Dublin hospital for testing and validation. Once the design is approved and finalised they will ramp up production to address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The company is sharing its design with US company Stanley Black and Decker, which has huge production capacity, and is also providing assistance to the Spanish government.
“When we make the designs available, hopefully people with 3D printers in different regions can help out wherever they are needed,” said Ross Lawless, CEO of CALT Dynamics. “It’s good to be able to help. If there was ever a time to help this is it. It’s really critical.”