April 2017

Curbell aids high school prosthetic project

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics in March provided technical expertise and donated material to students in the Technology and Engineering (STEM) Program at Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA.

The seniors enrolled in the Wilson Capstone Course in Engineering Design and Development had to identify and solve a systemic societal problem, and decided to develop a transtibial prosthesis that addressed the cost and comfort issues that plague many amputees.

They reached out to Jeff Wilson, Curbell business development manager of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Podiatry, and he worked with the students on selecting materials.

Curbell also donated the three blocks of copolymer acetal used to fabĀ­ricate the prosthesis, giving students the chance to try out 3D modeling, 3D printing, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer-numerically controlled (CNC) milling and turning.

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- Emily Delzell

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