Tech Talks: Medical

Transforming Catheter Design with Advanced Performance Materials


If you’re like many medical device designers and design engineers, standard industry materials may be preventing you from achieving your optimal design in devices such as catheters. As devices evolve, thinner walls can lead to a higher level of functionality. So, how do you break free from conventional solutions to eliminate multi-material layers in catheters and simplify production?

Advanced performance materials, along with the right methodology, can help you disrupt industry norms and reach optimal levels of form and function. This 10-minute Tech Talk will examine what’s possible in medical device design with the right material and technology innovations.

The presentation will:

  • Review the conventional approach to catheter design and production, identify today’s key challenges and create disruption by asking: How can we do better?
  • Discuss the methodology and high-level overview of the process we used to simplify the design to maximize the functionality with the same form factor
  • Explain how material expertise can help achieve a self-supported, single-wall catheter design that is less complicated and more cost-effective to produce


Randal D. King, Ph.D., Technology Vice President, The Chemours Company

As the Technology Vice President for Chemours Advanced Performance Materials and Ventures, Dr. Randal King heads an industry-leading group of advanced researchers, scientists, and engineers working on cutting-edge development and processes to help customers solve their biggest challenges and bring new ideas to life. Randy began his career at DuPont in 1989 as a research scientist developing new products for the DuPont Printed Circuit Materials business. Randy has driven R&D and new product development including the scale-up and transfer of new products into manufacturing. He has worked across a variety of applications and industries, such as electronics, communications, electric vehicles, hydrogen economy, and now, medical devices. Randy received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University.


Lisa Arrigo, Editor, SAE Media Group

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