Innovative Material for Orthoses
Curbell Plastics, Inc.,
one of the nation’s top
suppliers of plastic,
sheet, rod, tube, tapes,
and fabricated parts,
introduced a new innovative
orthoses for their
orthotic and prosthetic
business, Curbell O&P.
Many O&P clinicians
and technicians had
been looking for a
material with a flexural
between modified polyethylene (MPE) (52 kpsi stiffness)
and copolymer polypropylene (copoly) (200 kpsi stiffness).
Curbell O&P listened to their requests, and introduced
their new material C-TEK® MODStiff™ based on polyethylene
with a stiffness of 109 kpsi.
The material can be used in applications such as TLSOs,
night splints, AFOs, SMOs, and wrist braces where modified
polyethylene is not stiff enough and copoly is too stiff.
The ability to down gauge material thickness provides the
opportunity to lighten an orthoses. For example, the
weight of a larger TLSO can be reduced by down gauging
from a 3/16” thickness to a 5/32” thickness.
“The question came up over and over again when we
were with clinicians and technicians,” said Jeff Wilson,
Business Development Manager for Curbell O&P, “Do you
have a material to offer us with a stiffness between MPE
and copoly? Until now the answer had unfortunately been
no. It was extremely important for us to solve this problem
for our customers. We are thrilled with the positive
response so far.”
The sheet is easy to fabricate and form. No special fabrication
techniques or equipment are needed, and the
material will “clear” in the oven similar to modified polyethylene
The material is available in thickness of .125" and
.156", in sheet sizes 24" x 48" and 48" x 96" in natural
For more information, contact Beth Summers, Curbell
Plastics, Inc., 7 Cobham Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127,
888-287-2355/716-667-3377, Fax: 716-667-3432,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.curbellplastics.com.