Umeco carbon fiber featured in composite prosthetics

Ottobock HealthCare reports that it is using Umeco's VTM264 unidirectional carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin prepregs to manufacture prosthetic blades used by amputee athletes.

Umeco (Heanor, U.K.) reported on Oct. 23 that Ottobock HealthCare is using Umeco’s composite materials to produce prosthetic limbs (blades) for athletes around the world. Ottobock selected Umeco’s VTM264 unidirectional carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin prepregs to manufacture the blades that athletes such as Heinrich Popow and Kelly Cartwright (pictured) are using.

Cartwright and Popow, 100m and 200m sprinters and long-jumpers, have experienced the benefits of Ottobock’s design and composites manufacturing expertise at previous national and international sporting events, and hope to win more medals in the future.

VTM264 is a toughened, 65°C to 120°C (149°F to 248°F) curing, epoxy resin prepreg specifically developed for oven vacuum bag processing. It is an intermediate viscosity and tack prepreg suitable for full impregnation of light and medium weight unidirectional and woven reinforcements. Woven prepreg is being used for the upper section of the prosthetic, and unidirectional prepreg is being used to manufacture the blade section.