Contributing to a better, more comfortable experience for amputees
Innovation on display: Silcare Breathe liner
ES Precision uses lasers to mark, drill and fine cut most materials and this manufacturer of prosthetic limbs came to ES seeking to perforate its liners to keep them dry and comfortable, especially when exercising. The problem was that silicone rubber liners provide grip and cushioning where artificial limbs are attached, but tend to be prone to sweat build-up and consequent chafing. To meet the needs of active users, the Silcare Breathe liner was developed with ES Precision; an array of optimally sized perforations allow the moisture to escape, whilst also improving the vacuum grip by eliminating trapped air. High speed processing using flexible beam delivery and a powerful CO2 laser has allowed ES Precision to subsequently meet the production needs of the manufacturer, drilling many thousands of liners. Users have reported a transformation in their quality of life as a result of a drier, better fit, especially during endurance activities.ES Precision won the Engineering Award in the Med Tech Innovation Expo in May 2019, was a 2019 finalist in the Subcon Launchpad and is shortlisted for the Healthcare and Medical section in The Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate, which announces winners in November.
ES is welcomes enquiries to investigate laser manufacturing methods for marking, engraving, drilling and other surface processes on most metals, plastics and organic materials.