What material is used in making of Prosthetics

By using a mold of the amputee's remaining limb and a mold of the amputee's limb, it creates the form the socket.

Prosthetics and orthotics typically make use of composite materials' strength and endurance. The manufacturer Coyote Design (Boise, ID, US) uses their knowledge and expertise to provide prosthetic sockets an edge by using Basalt fiber. The prosthetic socket is a custom hollow structure that an amputee's stump is inserted. By using a mold of the amputee's remaining limb and a mold of the amputee's limb, it creates the form the socket.

Practitioners are often experimenting orthotics near me with different composite reinforcement materials to improve socket endurance. For instance, aramid fibre did not work due to a lack of adhesion to polyester resin. Materials improved because of the development the carbon fiber braided tubes which are also known as "socks," wet-out with epoxy resin or acrylic-modified epoxy. 

Prosthetic sockets made of carbon fiber showed high mechanical properties. However the material's brittleness resulted in cracking, and patients often complained of discomfort from stiffness. Additionally, the manufacturing process using carbon fiber is a process that requires protection gear, masks and dust collection systems to ensure safety and health.

The WCBL patient care liaison Daymon Jenkins 

Is extremely knowledgeable about many different styles of sockets. As an amputee with right knee problems for himself Daymon is a frequent user of different sockets over the many years. The most recent socket he has tried is a Basalt fiber socket. A lot of patients decide to laminate their sockets with a design of their own. Yet, Daymon chose to leave the pattern of braids of Basalt fiber in view. "My Basalt socket not only catches people's eye because of it's unique look, it is also extremely comfortable. I often have people, even non-amputees, stop me and ask about the material of my socket and where it was made" Says Daymon.

After years of looking for alternatives to carbon fibers, Coyote Design tried Basalt fiber. Basalt is akin to glass fiber prosthetics near me but constructed from quarried basaltic rock. It is composed of plagioclase and pyroxene mineral, Basalt is a dark, fine-grained Igneous rock. It covers more of the earth's surface than other type of rock.

Finding a Carbon Fiber Alternative

The objective was to determine whether the material would provide more flexibility and greater comfort to patients. "Using basalt fiber braid combined with nylon fiber braid gave us a socket that had the flexural characteristics we wanted, with dramatic reductions in structural failures" Coyote's Rod Smith, Director of Marketing.

Basalt fiber, which we use used at WCBL can allow us to offer a more advanced design and structural solution for patients. It's also a safe material for our staff as well as the earth. We're trying to be better able to serve you each day! Are you interested with Basalt fibre prosthetics? Get in touch with us now.