Carbon Devices

Artisan in collaboration with Composite Components introduced advanced carbon fibre reinforced orthoses to Podiatrists in 2005.

The new carbon orthoses have the vital characteristics of high strength, light weight and a shell thickness more than half that of polypropylene.

Artisan has previously supplied carbon devices, but due to the complex nature of changing materials Artisan has opted to outsource production to Composite Components. Artisan continues to handcraft the plaster-work with all the cast and shell variables required for your Podiatric prescriptions.

Composite Components, a WA company specialising in high quality composite manufacturing is directed by Glen Oldfield. A specialist in the carbon fibre industry who has worked for internationally recognised companies such as McLaren and Jordan Formula One as well as aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industry. Glen currently consults to the French snow sports manufacturer Salomon.

The new carbon orthoses represent the latest development in composite production. Constructed from high modulus carbon fibres encased in an epoxy matrix, the orthotic shell is moulded and then cured at high temperature under positive pressures. The multiple fibre orientation ensures the correct torsional and longitudinal flex characteristics required in a high quality orthotic.

The device, only 1.7 mm in thickness, offers improved memory over a poly device with a considerable weight advantage. The thickness of the shell is a standard and suitable for patients from 40 to 100kg+.

With its superior strength, flexibility, light weight, memory and long life the new carbon device from Artisan and Composite Components

3 Major Advantages

With the characteristics of superior strength, flexibility, light weight, memory and reduced thickness we have identified three major scenarios where these carbon devices will provide major advantages.

1. When bulk is of premium consideration. Using carbon shells may reduce the need for ‘cobra’ style devices or be used to create the least intrusive “cobra’ device.

2. When orthotic weight is a premium consideration. Studies have shown that orthotic weight does affect energy consumption when it matters most as in all elite sporting activities.

3. When you are dealing with larger folk who would otherwise be required to have their devices made from extreme thicknesses of polypropylene, thereby compromising even normal shoe fit

For further information or pricing queries, contact Artisan during business hours.