The singular innovation on display here consists of an artistic intervention and the creation of customised prostheses from a new textile composite integrating basalt fibres (volcanic rock) and a biosourced resin. The orthopaedic design studio U-Exist, specialised in the printing and customisation of prostheses and orthoses in partnership with numerous companies, has been working on this innovative and daring challenge for several years now.

Technical innovation and art are placed at the service of the human being in a common desire to forge an alliance between ecology, comfort, mobility and aesthetics.


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BASALT is the most common volcanic rock on Earth and a fundamental component of the oceanic crust. Basalt fibre is made by pultruding volcanic rock, melted in blast furnaces. As opposed to extrusion, pultrusion pulls out the fibre. This process creates a continuous, polymer-reinforced fibre. Basalt fibres have many properties: they are natural and therefore have a very small ecological footprint; they have a high resistance to fire and high temperatures as well as excellent mechanical strength.