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Materials, Adhesives & Coatings

Surgical instruments, implants, catheters, endoscopes, and ultrasound probes all require a variety of materials, adhesives, and coatings. Access the technical resources for a range of medical materials and coatings. Design engineers can browse news, technical briefs, and applications for plastics, composites, rubbers, elastomers, and metals.

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Avient Corp. has added eight new grades to its healthcare thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat.
Researchers have developed a new family of polymers that can self-heal, have shape memory, and are recyclable.
A surgical glue can help join blood vessels and close wounds faster.
Combining silk fabric with epoxy creates laminates that can be formed into shapes for medical uses.
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Metal Injection Molding

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Simulation Software

Volume Graphics, Charlotte, NC, has added and augmented important functionalities to its software that help designers and manufacturers capture and...

3M has released a new extended wear medical transfer adhesive.
Plasma equipment manufacturer PVA TePla America was asked by a manufacturer of real-time PCR diagnostic tests to treat hundreds of thousands of plastic cartridges used to test for COVID-19.
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3D Printable Material Mimics Biological Tissues
Researchers have 3D printed a complex, porous lattice structure using liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), creating devices that can finally mimic cartilage and other biological tissues.
A double-sided adhesive can be detached from the underlying tissue without causing any damage.

A new thermoplastic biomaterial, which is tough and strong but also easy to process and shape has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. A...

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In collaboration with the Fort Wayne Metals Engineering team, Eric Dietsch focuses on supporting customers with material recommendations, product development, and education. Eric is available to help you and your company with any Nitinol-related questions or needs that you may have.
Learn how liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is playing a major role in the fabrication of new medical devices.
Shielding materials, static control, 3D printing software, and more.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: August 2020 Medical Design Briefs
SABIC has launched polypropylene (PP) materials for medical disposables such as gowns and masks and hygiene applications.
The fibers measure subtle and complex fabric deformations.
Researchers have developed biomaterial-based inks that respond to and quantify chemicals released from the body.
A novel stretchable material, when used in light-emitting capacitor devices, enables highly visible illumination at low operating voltages.
Researchers have shown how to coat glass and plastic with porous titanium dioxide.
Collaboration and innovation, born of necessity, hold potential to improve the healthcare industry’s PPE product choices and supply reliability.
Conduits, heat sinks, bioadhesives, and more.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product Focus: Molding
Micromolded components, liquid silicone rubber, 3D printing materials, and more.

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been a worldwide shortage of face masks — particularly, the N95 ones worn by healthcare workers. Although these coverings...

Instruments used in minimally invasive surgeries today often require elaborate features, and greater attention to detail in the product-design process.

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