Materials

  • Custom Thermoplastic Elastomers
    Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) manufactured by Actega DS GmbH, including the ProvaMed portfolio for medical devices, offer generous application flexibility
    (September, 2014)
  • Waging War on Hospital-Acquired Infections
    A new generation of antimicrobial adhesive technology brings lethal force to the battle against hospital-acquired infections. Anne Wibaux and Barbara Van Rymenam, Vancive Medical Technologies, Mentor, OH, USA, and Turnhout, Belgium
    (December, 2013)
  • Fundamental Aspects of Medical Extrusion
    To successfully extrude medical tubing, a number of factors must be considered, including the manufacturing environment, material properties and the function of the finished device.
    (November, 2013)
  • Invibio Introduces Hydroxyapatite-Enhanced PEEK
                        Invibio Biomaterial Solutions has launched a biomaterial that combines PEEK-Optima and hydroxyapatite (HA), a well-known osteoconductive material. PEEK-Optima HA Enhanced polymer provides a complete homogeneous compoun...
    (September, 2013)
  • NuSil Launches Medical Material that Resists Swelling
    NuSil has introduced a new medical material for liquid injection moulding equipment. The company exhibited the new fluorosilicone elastomer MED-5440 at 2013 Medical Design & Manufacturing West Conference, which took place in Anaheim, CA, USA, last week. MED-5440 is a two-part silicone rubber w...
    (February, 2013)
  • Case study: reusable insulin pen
    A reusable insulin pen, designed by UK-based Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd (IDC), provides a good example of how engineering plastic material combinations can achieve optimal performance in a drug-delivery system. This injection system contains a number of components moulded from DuPont Performa...
    (February, 2013)
  • Designing Components for Drug-Delivery Systems that . . . Deliver
    Demand for functional part integration and a better user experience is driving the growing use of engineering polymers in drug-delivery devices.
    (February, 2013)
  • Lubrizol Introduces Medical Materials for Implants
    The Lubrizol Corp. has announced eight new medical materials from its LifeScience Polymers division. These medical materials are an extension of the Carbothane line of polycarbonate-based thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) and encompass a range of grades and radiopacities. The company will exhibit t...
    (February, 2013)
  • Maintaining Polymer Colour and Clarity when Using Radiation Sterilisation Technologies
    Gamma and E-beam sterilisation methods are fast and effective. To take full advantage of these attributes, however, manufacturers should research the newest families of copolyesters that retain the glass-like clarity, colour stability and in-use toughness desired by clinical staff. 
    (November, 2012)
  • Elastocon Expands Line of Clear Medical-Grade TPEs
    New grades of SEBS-based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) from Elastocon TPE Technologies that are typically used to mould grips for medical and dental devices and knobs and buttons for medical equipment are available in low formulations, some of which are oil free. The expanded grades include a broa...
    (September, 2012)
  • Foster Offers Custom Radiopaque PEEK Compounds for Orthopaedic Implants
    Foster Delivery Science, a business unit of Foster Corp. that specialises in contract development and manufacturing of implant and drug delivery polymers, now offers custom radiopaque PEEK compounds for use in long-term orthopaedic implants. A twin screw extruder within the company’s Class 7 c...
    (June, 2012)
  • Advances in Securement Technology
    Next-generation tapes, fixation devices and dressings reduce infection and accelerate wound healing.
    (May, 2012)
  • Sterilisable polypropylene contributes to cost savings in medical applications
    Heat-stabilised polypropylene (PP) from Switzerland-based Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products withstands repeated steam and autoclave sterilisation cycles thanks to its deflection temperature (HDT) >149°C under 0.455 MPa (66 psi) load. Resistant to cleaning agents, disinfectants and various...
    (May, 2012)
  • Biocompatible Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings Have Properties Similar to Natural Diamond
    Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) produces a range of diamond-like carbon (DLC) biocompatible coatings for medical implants, including left ventricular assist device heart pumps and artificial joints. The Diamonex range of optimised DLC coatings provides a low-friction coating with properties approach...
    (April, 2012)
  • Bicondylar Knee Implant System Incorporates PEEK-Optima CFR Polymer to Prevent Dislocation
    A biocompatible polymer from Invibio is utilised as a bearing material for the axle bearings in a rotational knee system from Aesculap. The material is used to provide wear and cold flow resistance and dimensional stability.
    (February, 2012)
  • Autoclavability of High-Heat Polycarbonate Resins for Healthcare Applications
    The mechanical properties of a newly developed high-heat polycarbonate copolymer resin were evaluated after multiple autoclave cycles at both 120° and 134°C. Compared with conventional and other high-heat PC materials, the new resins demonstrated better impact property retention at lower...
    (February, 2012)
  • PAI with Graphite and PTFE Additives Features Abrasion Resistance
    Although it is not targeting medical device manufacturers among first-tier customers, Ensinger has introduced an addition to its range of polyamide-imide semifinished goods (PAI) that may nevertheless inspire medical device designers. The new Tecator 5031 PVX contains graphite and PTFE, providing ab...
    (December, 2011)
  • Avery Dennison Medical Solutions Launches Thin Absorbent Skin Adhesives
    A new medical adhesive formulation from Avery Dennison Medical Solutions provides manufacturers of temporary adherent medical devices with improved performance over conventional acrylic adhesives and rubber-based hydrocolloid dressings, according to the company. The Thin Absorbent Skin Adhesive prod...
    (December, 2011)
  • Think Thin: Nitinol Sheet Finds Niche in Medical Implants
    Implantable nitinol sheet is enabling new design concepts for implants, especially when compared with traditional one-dimensional nitinol materials such as wire or tubing. But the sheet’s orientation-dependent behaviour is a challenge for designers and engineers.
    (November, 2011)
  • Objet Introduces Biocompatible Rapid Prototyping Material
    A biocompatible 3-D printing material has been introduced by Objet GmbH (Rheinmünster, Germany). The MED610 material combines dimensional stability with transparency, making it useful for PMMA simulations and a range of medical and dental applications. It is especially well suited for the pr...
    (October, 2011)
  • PVC and Phthalate-Free Compounds Can Be Made Flexible and Kink-Resistant without Plasticisers
    Colorite Europe has introduced the Cellene range of non-PVC compounds to complement its range of PVC materials. Cellene materials are elastomer-based thermoplastics and can be extruded, injection moulded and blow moulded. A wide range of choices of shore hardnesses are available, all PVC and phthala...
    (October, 2011)
  • Lay-Flat Biocompatible PVC Film Is Suitable for Infusion Applications
    S.I.F.RA. Est SpA is a vertically integrated enterprise that specialises in the production and transformation of PVC for the medical industry. The company’s Siflat, generated by the extrusion of Siflex, is a nontoxic medical-grade PVC tubular (lay-flat) film that, thanks to its biocompatibilit...
    (October, 2011)
  • New Frontiers in Orthopaedic Product Design
    To address the challenges of tomorrow and advance the state of the art, materials researchers must focus on the development of bioactive materials and an effective artificial articular cartilage.
    (September, 2011)
  • Titanium Mill Products for Medical Applications
    For almost 10 years, VSMPO-AVISMA Corp. has been a major supplier of the medical industry and has extensive expertise with titanium mill products for medical applications (billets, bars, sheets, plates and tubes). Through its integrated sales and distribution network (represented by the five Tirus c...
    (September, 2011)
  • PolyOne Helps Siemens Get the Lead Out
    Siemens collaborates with PolyOne and Reiter-HG Geiger to develop lead-free radiation-shielding components for its newest line of CT scanners.
    (August, 2011)