Plethora, a software-enabled smart manufacturing company, performed one of their first projects on their newly installed Matsuura MX-520, for Biodapt. BioDapt, designs, manufactures and distributes high performance lower limb prosthetic components used for action sports and other similar activities.
The Moto Knee and Versa Foot were created by Mike Schultz, a professional snowmobile racer who lost his leg above the knee in 2008 due to an injury while racing. Mike wanted to get back doing the activities he loved, however, nothing on the market allowed him to compete as he did before his operation. That combined with the realization that other amputees could also benefit from his equipment led to the creation of Biodapt.
Schultz list of accomplishments is already a long one, and this month he has the opportunity to add to it. Not only will Schultz himself be competing in the PyeonChang 2018 Paralympics, more than 20 Paralympians will be using BioDapt produced prosthetics.
Since we last updated this story, Mike Schultz has been awarded the ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability, won gold and silver at the 2018 Paralympics, was featured on a Frosted Flakes box and served as the flag-bearer for the United States at the 2018 Winter Paralympics Parade of Nations.
How did CAMplete come into the equation? Michael Von Sothen, CNC Program Manager at Plethora had this to say:
“We bought the Matsuura MX-520 to support the growing demand for higher complexity parts, where tighter tolerances need to be held and a better surface finish is needed. With the addition of the Matsuura MX-520 and CAMplete software, we have been able to run multiple parts at a time with simultaneous 5 axis toolpaths and have the confidence to run the programs without collisions. This increases our productivity by keeping the doors shut and the spindle running for longer periods of time.”
To read the whole story visit the Matsuura USA Website here: http://matsuurausa.com/biodapt-produced-prosthetics-used-20-paralympians-2018-winter-paralympics-pyeongchang-south-korea/