Kingetics LLC recently announced it received the Design Award for Most Creative Application of Advanced Composite Materials at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, hosted by the American Composite Manufacturing Association and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Dallas.
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) connects the composites and advanced materials communities with a focus on research and development, engineering, manufacturing, service providers and end users. The Most Creative Application Award is presented for an innovative composites product that replaces traditional materials or changes the way existing composites materials are used. Kingetics LLC received the award for its Advanced Composite Orthotic Systems, specifically in the design of a combat boot for military use.
“We appreciate everyone’s help and contribution to this important mission, and hope more good folks at this prestigious conference understood our technology and will lend a helping hand for our innovative gait and lifesaving solutions,” Steven A. King, DPM, CPed, president of Kingetics LLC, stated in a press release. “As a prior Army officer and podiatrist, I know we can and should do more. Our soldiers are worth it.”
According to a company press release, the submission by Kingetics LLC was “an advanced orthotic system integrated into an improved combat and construction safety boot.” The submission included the company’s Advanced Combat and Construction Safety Boots and Orthotics Systems.
The system increases the puncture, blast and fire resistance of the boot through the use of incorporated ballistic resistant materials; increases energy efficiency of gait through a spring lever orthotic and prosthetic mechanism; increases stability of gait and stance with the applied physics of levers; and decreases the weight of the boot by 25% in comparison with current U.S. Army-mandated issue polyurethane foam boots.
Disclosure: King reports the SBIR A11-109 Advanced Composite Insoles for the Reduction of Stress Fractures is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, and Army Medical Research and Materials Command.