Plastic materials used in medical devices: Idea Stampi services
Safety, hygiene and extreme precision are fundamental in every sector, particularly in the medical one. For this reason, when we manufacture medical and paramedical devices, it is necessary to choose entrusted partners with experience in the field that give you technical assistance during the whole production cycle, starting from plastic injection mold construction.
- What are the plastic materials used in medical devices?
- The application of plastic materials in medical devices;
- Not only plastic materials for medical devices: our services;
What are the plastic materials used in medical devices?
Medical plastic materials must meet mandatory regulations around the world. To ensure that the plastic material is safe and effective for medical products, polymers for medical devices are generally made of thermoplastic materials. Let’s see first what is thermoplastic materials and then the various type of plastic used in medical devices.
Thermoplastic materials for medical devices
Thermoplastic is a type of synthetic polymer. Plastics are composed of synthetic polymers, and the terms 'polymer' and 'plastic' are equivalent. Thermoplastics, however, differ from other synthetic polymers because they are able to be heated and reshaped multiple times without being irreparably damaged. Thus, thermoplastics can be reused and recycled. This makes thermoplastics ideal for custom plastic injection molding and blow molding services.
There are specific medical-grade polymers. The properties of plastic and polymers in medical devices have specific and common characteristics, which means they must be produced under a medical license to pass the verification and validation requirements of medical regulatory agencies. For example, they must offer biocompatibility and be resistant to high temperature, impact and corrosion to withstand the high wear and repeated sterilization cycles that medical plastic products are subjected to. Common thermoplastic materials used in the production of medical plastic products include polycarbonate, polypropylene, polyethylene or custom polymer formulation to meet specific medical device applications.
Polycarbonates are known for their impact resistance properties and high-temperature resistance. Applications for polycarbonate polymers include plastic lenses in eyewear, automotive components, protective equipment and medical devices. Polycarbonates are very heat resistant and flexible, so they can be deformed at room temperature without cracking or breaking. These properties make polycarbonate very useful in prototyping applications, such as medical devices.
Polypropylene is a plastic material used in medical devices and especially where steam-sterilized medical devices are needed. Its properties then include remarkable durability due to the number of cycles in which it can be reused. Its recyclability also makes it a widely used and economical medical-grade plastic.
Polyethylene is part of the thermoplastic materials and is versatile and durable. Its high impact and chemical resistance, along with low moisture absorption, make it a good choice for medical devices. It is often one of the materials used in medical implants because it is a porous synthetic polymer that is biologically inert and does not degrade in the body.
The application of plastic materials in medical devices
The medical sector requires plastic materials of the highest quality that also have to be biocompatible according to the standard ISO 10993 about medical devices biocompatibility. Even plastic materials for medical devices, as well as kinds of mold, are determined by the products and components to realize, which can be the most various:
- Caps and bottles for medications;
- Tourniquets and medical accessories;
- Medical masks CPAP;
- Sterile syringes;
- Dental tools;
- Accessories and tubes for diagnostics.
Ideastampi produces molds and plastic products for medical use, customized according to the customer's needs.
Not only plastic materials for medical devices: our services
The long experience since 1981 and our technical and qualified team allow us to offer you a great service during the entire phase of production of plastic material for medical devices:
- Feasibility analysis
- Molding simulation with VISI Flow integrated systems to determine the best position for the injection point
- 3D designwith CAD/CAM/CAE technologies Construction
- test and inspection
The advantage of this procedure. This method presents great advantages for the clients who need plastic material for medical devices. Since it all takes place internally:
- it is easy to analyze every step of the production chain
- you have the warranty of a 100% Made in Italy product
If you need plastic material for medical devices you are in the right place
The best molds for the medical sector
The kind of product and component to realize determines the specific mold to use for the medical sector. In general, the most used are the multiple impression molds, accurate and ideal for big productions in sectors of orthodontic, orthopedic and in the production of medical and paramedical devices.
On request, we offer a service of pre-series production. This way we can optimize the molding cycle which, once the molds are delivered, will be totally on you.
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