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The ultimate alternative to carbon fiber
Why Coyote Composite?
Several years ago, we made the switch to using basalt braid (Coyote Composite) rather than carbon fiber for our laminations. We initially did this for a more flexible, tougher lamination but ended seeing many other benefits as well with the main ones being that it's a much safer material that doesn't itch the way carbon fiber does and it costs a great deal less.
Our proprietary braid was designed to be used in equivalent amounts to carbon. Coyote Composite is more flexible than carbon (we consider this to be an advantage), but if you need to match the rigidity of a carbon socket, use additional layers of stockinette and/or carbon tape.
Coyote Composite fabric sheeting can be used for reinforcement layers of heavy duty sockets and/or AFOs. The material is thin and lightweight, which allows for greater flexibility in adding the ideal amount of reinforcement.
We use Coyote Composite rope as a reinforcement material in place of (or in conjunction with) carbon tape. This can be used for distal reinforcement or spot reinforcing in windowed sockets.
Coyote Composite: Overview
Techniques for Finishing Edge when Using Coyote Composite
Using Coyote Composite to Build Prosthetic Sockets (Advantages)
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RESIN: Coyote Composite works with typical prosthetic resins and saturates much better than carbon
SATURATION AND LAMINATION: Because of its superior saturation it's important to prevent resin starvation. Lamination starvation will cause frayed edges
FINISHING: Coyote Composite finishes easily except in cases of starved laminations. Use sharp tooling at slow speeds to finish. In some cases, you may need to wet-sand
RELIEVING: Coyote Composite is heat and flame-resistant and isn't damaged by heat. This allows for LIMITED adjustment based on the type of resin used
SAFETY: Because of the inert nature of basalt, it is not a carcinogen. Also, Coyote Composite is between 9 - 16 micrometers in diameter, which is too large to be an inhalant risk. Basalt also causes significantly less skin irritation
Composite on outside of lay-up
Composite on inside of lay-up
Billing Information: Recommended Codes
L5940: Addition, endoskeletal system, below knee, ultra-light material (titanium, carbon fiber or equal)
L5950: Addition, endoskeletal system, above knee, ultra-light material (titanium, carbon fiber or equal)
L7400: Addition to upper extremity prosthesis, below elbow / wrist disarticulation, ultra light material (titanium, carbon fiber or equal)
L2755: Addition to lower extremity orthosis, high strength, light weight material, all hybrid lamination / prepreg composite, per segment, for custom fabricated orthosis only
The listing of codes with our products should not be construed as a guarantee for coverage and/or payment.
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