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Umeco’s Composite Materials put a ‘Spring’ in the Step of the Athletes

04 September 2012

Ottobock HealthCare uses Umeco’s composite materials to produce prosthetic limbs (blades) for athletes around the world.

According to Umeco, Ottobock selected its VTM264 unidirectional carbon reinforced epoxy resin prepregs to manufacture the blades that athletes such as Heinrich Popow and Kelly Cartwright are using. It says Kelly Cartwright and Heinrich Popow, successful 100 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.

Umeco explains that VTM264 is a toughened, 65 to 120°C 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 and unidirectional prepreg is being used to manufacture the blade section.






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