High tech firm, AVoptics with its research division based in Ty Coch Business Park, Cwmbran specialises in providing and developing high quality engineered fibre optics and photonic solutions for use in harsh environments.
Now, their rapid tooling and prototyping facilities, usually used for developing optical systems, have been put to excellent use and have enabled the team’s highly qualified scientists, technicians and engineers to produce and supply face shields to doctors in London.
Recently AVoptics have been working in conjunction with Airbus and the Welsh government through the Endeavr programme to develop next generation 3D printed structures for aerospace markets
Andrew Lee, Technical Director at AVoptics said “We used an open source design for face shields that was originally approved by the Czech Ministry of Health. Using a design that was known and tested meant we didn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Our work with the Endeavr programme has also put us in a great position to use our knowledge and printers to start making this PPE.”
Andy continued “We recently shipped an initial batch of 50 face shields to London and although we only have limited capacity, we are running the printers 24 hours a day and will be making as many face shields as we possibly can. We are also looking at other potential concepts for example the use of non-contact UV light sterilization methods. We are delighted and incredibly proud to be supporting the NHS in this way.”
Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration at Torfaen council said “I am delighted to learn that a local high tech business like AVoptics are using their skills to support the healthcare sector and help with the supply of PPE items. I would like to thank Andy and the team them for all their efforts.”
AVoptics is a graduate company of Springboard Business Innovation Centre, Llantarnam Park, Cwmbran which supports high growth science and technology businesses.
Posted on: Monday 20th April 2020