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Alabama teen designs lightweight prosthetic foot for injured marine

14 January 2020

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Ashley Kimbel, currently a freshman at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, hoped to one day be a surgeon. But along the way, she found herself gravitating towards the various engineering initiatives at her high school, just outside Huntsville, AL. And when Devon Bane, a volunteer in her engineering program, approached Ashley about redesigning a prosthetic for his brother Kendall, she jumped at the chance. With the encouragement of her parents, both engineers, Kimbel set out to create a lighter weight prosthetic foot for the former U.S. Marine.

For a year, Kimbel worked on the replacement using Solid Edge’s built-in 3D modeling, simulation and generative design features to shave weight from the prosthetic. When Kimbel didn’t have a clear idea of what to do with the top portion design, she input specific parameters, including maximum strength and minimum weight, and let the software’s generative design features produce possible iterations.

One year later, Kimbel revealed her lightweight prosthetic foot design to Bane. Watch the story above to learn more.



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