The Material Edge
TenCate Performance Composites is the leading supplier of high performance, continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic into the medical market. TenCate CFRT® thermoplastic composites can be found under the feet of more than 5 million patients who require podiatric correction.
Additionally, TenCate’s advanced composites are used for high performance braces in the orthopedic profession. TenCate deploys advanced manufacturing fabrication technologies which provides reinforced thermoplastic laminates (RTLs) which are of higher consistency and accuracy.
The TenCate CFRT®thermoplastic materials are “tunable,” meaning that the materials can be tailored to increase or limit the range of foot motion with fiber replacement, resin mix and component design. Fiber type, content and placement can be selected to provide the greatest mechanical properties in the desired direction.
Similar to a continuous “bridge,” TenCate CFRT® materials provide engineered strength from one end of the component to the other. This allows the designer to develop an orthotic component with different characteristics in the medial lateral and longitudinal direction