Artek Braiding Was the First in Russia to Start Production of Composite Materials for Prosthetics from the Locally-Produced Fiber

07 October 2020

Artek Braiding, a contract manufacturer of braided reinforcing forms for composite products (part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs), was the first in Russia to start production of a composite material from locally-produced carbon and fiberglass for carbon components of leg prostheses. About 5 km of hoses with diameters ranging from 60 to 150 mm have already been shipped to eight customers. Manufacturing from Russian raw materials will increase the availability of high-tech care for disabled people.

Carbon materials are used to manufacture the upper part of the prosthesis, which provides fixation, support and transfer of forces, taking on high static and dynamic loads. The patient’s well-being strongly depends on its convenience. Therefore, this part is custom-made. The advantages of carbon products are high strength with low weight, lack of joints, making them more reliable and comfortable, capable of withstanding much higher load than analogues with a seam structure, respectively, having a longer service life.

For the manufacture of composite hoses, Russian-made carbon and fiberglass with a high strength modulus, similar to that used in the production of highly loaded elements of modern aircraft, was used.

“Russian carbon fiber is specific, but our radial braiding machine is capable of producing high-quality shapes from it. Due to the lower cost of domestic raw materials compared to imported ones, Artek Braiding prosthetic hoses are significantly cheaper than their analogues,” said Nikolay Volkov, Director of the Composite Materials Cluster.

Today, about 40 thousand prostheses are produced in Russia per year, most of which are modular products, and lightweight and durable composite prostheses represent only about a third. Every year, about RUB 6 bln are allocated from the state budget for prosthetics and rehabilitation of people with amputations.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru

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Artek Braiding manufactures braided composite flexible pipes for a variety of industries including sports, construction, and medicine.