2019/05/15

A fractured nasal septum kept the striker off the playing field

 Kike Garciawebb

Engineers from Ceit-IK4 and Tecnun, in collaboration with Pixel Sistemas and MZ3D, developed a protective mask that has allowed player Kike García, whose nasal septum was broken by a blow to the face during the recent match between Eibar and Huesca, to return quickly to the playing field and the rest of his teammates. The striker was able to play during the final minutes of the match against Betis, allowing the team to move forward in the rankings.

Members of SD Eibar’s medical team joined the player at Ceit-IK4, where the mask was designed for fabrication. Researchers from Ceit-IK4’s Materials and Manufacturing Division and Tecnun’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials, led respectively by Luis Matey and Aitor Cazón, used a 3D scanner to scan Kike García’s facial features and obtain a virtual geometry that was used to design the custom-built facial mask. With the help of software developed for this type of 3D modeling, the research and design team recreated a 3D display of the mask following the player’s requirements.

The mask was fabricated at the MZ3D facility in Bergara using 3D printing technology. The mask was printed using ULTEM 1010, an extremely resistant thermoplastic material that is certified by NASA and used in aerospace and automotive applications. The mask was printed in about 5 hours.

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