When it’s time to design and develop a new medical device that calls for an elastomer component, there are a number of material options and manufacturing processes to consider. The long list of material properties impacting performance includes your prospective polymer’s end-use environment, chemical compatibility, hardness, compression set, tensile properties and manufacturability — to name a few.
Although the selection process may appear daunting, understanding your application, the physical and mechanical properties of your material options and the interaction with mating components will go a long way. These key attributes, along with understanding volume ramp schedules, will drive the proper manufacturing processes to ensure a successful product launch.
In this new white paper, we walk you through some of the factors and trade-offs you’ll need to address when selecting a polymer for your medical component. The paper also describes some of the capabilities that rubber and plastic specialists can provide you to enhance your product development.
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