May 2013

Application Development in the Medical Industry
Examples of the many ways in which plastics are used in medical applications.

Application development for medical devices requires knowledge of material properties to support function, chemical compatibility with sanitizing cleaners and sterilization methods, as well as issues of biocompatibility based on intended use. Material suppliers are challenged to not only address the tried-and-true basics regarding the limitations of materials to support mechanical function, but also whether a material is safe to use in contact with the body, or for use in a general medical environment. Learn more.


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Application Development in the Medical Industry
High-Performance Polymers Deliver Quality and Stability
Plastics are Hip! (Replacements ... Knees & Shoulders, too)

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High-Performance Polymers Deliver Quality and Stability

High-performance engineering thermoplastics are increasingly replacing metals, ceramics and other traditional materials in high-cost medical technology applications — diagnostics, orthopedic implants, medical supplies, drug packaging, drug delivery and multi-use surgical equipment. The flexibility of these engineered resins allows manufacturers to bring new products to market quickly, especially in the United States, Europe and Japan, where an upward growth trajectory in demand for medical- grade polymers is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

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Technical Advisory: Materials for Medical Applications

The most commonly used engineering and high performance plastics in the medical and life science industries include:

• PPSU for incredible toughness and a high resistance to sterilizaiton.
• PEEK for superior physical properties including high temperature stability.
• PEI for high heat resistance, high strength and broad chemical resistance.
• PSU for good chemical and repeated hot steam resistance.
• Acetal for excellent wear properties and dimensional stability.
• PP for easy machinability and dimensional stability when heat stabilized.
• PPO for excellent impact properties and stability.
• PC for high impact strength and transparency.

For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

Plastics are Hip! (Replacements ... Knees & Shoulders, too)

Plastics are facilitating a new frontier of more typies of outpatinet treatments, less invasive procedures and longer lasting materials. Plus, antimicrobial plastics cut down on infections. If you’re looking for a healthier cost-effective alternative for medical materials, check out plastics!

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