Augmetic Bionics, a company started two years ago by two students including MChem graduate Elisabeth Feldstein, is using their high-end 3D printers to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS.
The company was originally set up to create prosthetic limbs using 3D printers but are now using their technology and expertise to help provide vital equipment for frontline NHS staff. Their staff are made up of alumni and current students who are balancing their continuing studies with working hard to meet demand. As a small and growing company they have been able to react quickly to adapt their business. They are currently producing around 85 masks a day.
The company was originally created with help from Edinburgh Innovations (EI), the University of Edinburgh's commercial development team. They won EI’s Business Ideas Competition for engineering students and placed second in the Social and Environment category at the University’s Inspire Launch Grow 2019 Awards.
At the outset of this health crisis we were able to reconnect with a GP who had helped guide us through our early stages of business in 2018. One of the first requests we received for PPE was from her. We are so thankful for all that she has done for us, and we are honoured to do our part in keeping her – and her colleagues – safe. We thank them for all for the work they are doing for the nation. Giving back to our communities has always been at the heart of our technology. When we saw the stories of other companies and individuals helping healthcare workers, we knew that it was time for us to step up.