Having picked up Best Start-Up Business at the 2019 Young Entrepreneurs, the Kilcoole-based CALT Dynamics are proving their worth by designing a 3D printable protective visor.
The company have already sent the prototype to a Dublin hospital, after hearing the appeal for protective equipment, and are currently in talks with an American manufacturer.
Speaking to The Irish Examiner, CEO and co-founder Ross Lawless said, “We’re waiting to hear back from the hospital and we’re willing to donate as many as we possibly can and do the rest at cost price. We want to make sure the hospital is happy with everything, and we’ll liaise with them before we start producing more…”
By sharing their designs with American manufacturers Stanley Black And Decker, CALT Dynamics’ visors could be mass produced. Which, given that the Spanish government has been in touch already seeking visors, would see the Kilcoole 3D printing company’s design head out around the world.
“We’re putting in the design work to keep the costs down,” continues Lawrence, “so, we’re hoping to produce them for a couple of euros each.”
With healthcare workers making up just over a quarter of Irish people infected by the virus, according to the latest Department of Health figures, the urgent need for such protective equipment is obvious.
“We’re not going to charge anyone for designing this,” says Lawless. “It’s good to be able to help. If there was ever a time to help, this is it…”
You can find out more about the CALT Dynamics protective visor design right here.
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