Running blade idea helped change the world
“Its compact and lightweight design is a bonus for amputee runners either out for a weekend jog or taking part in competitive sprints.”
Ottobock was chosen to exhibit its 1E90 Sprinter Blade by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at the ‘100 Engineering Ideas that Changed the World’ at Savoy Place in London.
The IET picked the running blade for its innovative carbon fibre construction, demonstrating how the material can be used to create something which has benefitted both the sporting and mobility industry for many years.
Simon Timmis, Senior Marketing Manager, The IET, “Engineers have radically changed lives for the better over the years, solving problems, improving safety and contributing to the quality of life. We chose the Ottobock sprinter blade to represent carbon fibre as one of the 100 ideas that changed the world because it really does encompass the innovation that can be achieved with this material.”
Phil Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock, said, “It is an honour to be selected to exhibit our technologically advanced carbon composite blade and to have IET recognise the contribution the running blade has had on the world of amputees. We are very proud of our blade and what it offers those wanting to get out and run or even compete at paralympic level.”
The carbon spring running blade has been created with a lightweight and durable carbon spring which gives the user an easy and powerful “lift-off” from a secure foot strike. It can be used by both above and below-knee amputees and has been designed to be fitted with a prosthetic knee such as the 3S80; the only sports prosthesis developed for above-knee amputees.
The blade is available in six different resistance levels to provide a precise blend of dynamic performance for each user’s personal running style, with users having a choice of two different soles which adds even more versatility and performance to the prosthesis. The all-terrain tread provides grip for a variety of running surfaces while the spiked tread is designed specifically for use on a track.
Ken Hurst, Ottobock Academy Manager, said, “Our running blade has been crafted with the highest quality materials and has gone through rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand high impact running. Its compact and lightweight design is a bonus for amputee runners either out for a weekend jog or taking part in competitive sprints”.
The exhibition at the IET Savoy Place, London, is open to the public from 15 January for 12 months. Anyone looking to attend should check if other events are on in that area before going as the exhibition will be closed off whilst they are in progress.
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