Bluestar Silicones showcasing biomedical silicone rubbers at DeviceTalks Boston

Bluestar Silicones (Oslo, Norway) is a fully integrated silicone manufacturing company. The company’s new name, Elkem Silicones, goes into effect on Sept. 20. The company, owned by China National Bluestar, has R&D laboratories, production sites and sales offices in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Featured technologies: High consistency silicone rubber & biomedical liquid

These fabric-based sensors move with the body

Researchers have designed a new silicone-fabric sensor that can move with the human body and be used in wearables and robotics, according to research from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Typical sensors that are used on wearables like heart

This artificial heart is made from silicone

Researchers have developed an artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, according to new research from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The ETH researchers set out to develop a heart that looks like the real time and functions like one too. It was designed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in

Reinforced silicone tubing: 6 things you need to know

Biocompatibility, flexibility and durability make extruded silicone a top medical device tubing choice. Keep these six things in mind when reinforcing it. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions When it comes to their use in medical device, silicone tubes are getting even better –enhanced with a variety of reinforcements and coatings that help manufacturers meet the

3D printing could make bionic skin possible: Here’s how

University of Minnesota researchers 3D printed tiny stretchable electronic sensory devices that could enable bionic skin for surgical robots – or a new class of wearables directly printed onto human skin. Their work appeared May 5 in the journal Advanced Materials. “This stretchable electronic fabric we developed has many practical uses,” said Michael McAlpine, a

Silicone and medical devices: 7 things you should know about it

Drew Rogers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Silicone’s popularity for use in medical devices has been growing.  This is due to its compatibility with bodily fluids and strong chemical structure. Advancements in medical polymers are also part of this push toward next-generation single-use medical devices, implants and packaging technology. In order to get the right material, configuration and

Raumedic touts customized silicone syringe plungers

Raumedic has released customized syringe plungers made of silicone that come in a wide range of designs. Syringe plungers made of silicone allow for precise dosing of the drug being administered. Other advantages of this material include its physical/mechanical properties and the high chemical purity of its formulation. Last but not least, silicone allows for

Shin-Etsu Silicones launches Sil-X-Shintm extrusion series for tubing applications

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (SESA) has recently announced the launch of their newest HCR (High Consistency Rubber) product line Sil-X-ShinTM Silicone Elastomers. The platinum, addition-cure series includes two distinct HCR extrusion versions: Methyl-Vinyl and Phenyl Silicone specifically engineered for extruded tubing and profiles and designed for use in healthcare, beverage and architectural glazing applications. Both

Dow Chemical’s silicone business play: what it means for medtech

Heather Thompson, Senior Editor Dow Chemical as of mid-2016 became 100% owner of Dow Corning’s silicones business. The move created both an opportunity and challenge because it represents a marriage of organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. How can the two complement each other and drive innovation? And how will the deal affect the medical device

How Trelleborg is getting the most out of its acquisitions

Heather Thompson, Senior Editor As is the case with many medical device industry suppliers, Trelleborg has engaged in a spate of acquisitions to broaden its offerings and better serve the growing needs of its OEM customers. Last year, Trelleborg, Sweden–based Trelleborg announced the acquisition of Tustin, California–based Specialty Silicone Fabricators. They’ve made three other acquisitions

Foster Corp. becomes exclusive distributor of Wacker silicone rubber medical products

Medical materials provider Foster Corp. says it was won exclusive distribution rights for Wacker Silpuran medical-grade silicone rubbers in North American healthcare markets. Effective March 1, Foster will provide sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers from their regional stocking facilities in Nevada and Connecticut. Silpuran liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and high consistency rubber (HCR)

How should I think about insert molding in medical devices?

Justin Strike/Program Manager/Sil-Pro  Does your device have sufficient mechanical interfacing to meet performance requirements? Can plasma or corona treatments enhance product performance? Will mechanical surface prepping, chemical adhesion or a combination of both processes be necessary for your product? Overmolding or insert molding is ideal for projects with complex final molded component designs. Overmolding offers extended

New Dow Corning LC-3335 3D Printable Silicone Rubber introduces high-performance silicone technology to additive manufacturing

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, unveiled Dow Corning LC-3335 3D Printable Silicone Rubber here at formnext 2016. Developed in collaboration with German RepRap GmbH, the leading German manufacturer for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D Printers, this breakthrough new materials technology is perhaps the first Dow Corning solution to be

MICROLIM Liquid Injection Molding Machine from Wabash

Earlier this year, Wabash MPI introduced their hybrid servo-pneumatic MICROLIM Liquid Silicone Injection Molding Machine. The MICROLIM machine is ideal for clean room and medical applications and is designed for shot sizes from less than 1 to 15cc with excellent shot to shot repeatability. Features include a patented plunger design with “center shutoff” nozzle for

WACKER’s SILPURAN silicone gels ideal for traditional wound dressings and tapes

WACKER unveiled its SILPURAN 2114, SILPURAN 2122 and SILPURAN 2142 silicone gels at the SAWC Show this past spring. These gels are designed for the production of adhesive layers as used in traditional wound-dressing and tape products. All three silicone gels adhere strongly to the skin without sticking to the wounds, and they can be peeled