Reggie Showers always pushes himself to the limit. He’s a two-time world motorcycle drag race champ, a pilot, a rock climber, and a certified snowboard instructor. He thrives on seeing just how far his drive – and his body – can take him.
And he’s done all of this as a two-limb bilateral amputee.
Living such an active life with these limitations was nearly impossible just a few years ago. But, thanks to technological advances made by College Park Industries, sophisticated artificial prosthetics now allow people like Reggie to do things any other person can do.
How does College Park manage to create such highly innovative prosthetics? With PTC Creo, of course.
Innovation: Powered by PTC Creo
College Park’s first prosthetic, the Trustep foot, changed the way others thought about prosthetic functionality. As loyal PTC users, they’ve been able to use PTC Creo to continue this legacy of innovative design. The PTC design suite allows them to experiment with sophisticated dynamic response systems and a superior range of anatomical motion.
“PTC Creo enables us to quickly take any new concept to market,” says Mike Leydet, director of research at College Park. “We take ideas or sketches, create 3D models within days, review the industrial design aspects, tweak them, and then prototype them – all in PTC Creo.”
Creating Custom Solutions
There are a number of factors that impact a customer’s prosthetic design:
- Foot size
- Level of activity
- Impact level
The Trustep foot alone has over 400,000 viable combinations to allow the product to be custom-built for each person.
College Park designers rely on PTC Creo to design and model each prosthetic they create. “With the parametric design approach provided by PTC Creo, the team can scale the design for size, stiffness, and other parameters,” says Aaron Taszreak, engineering manager at College Park. “As the flexing force changes with each combination, we can account for all