Zeus Bioweb is a material produced by electrospinning PTFE into polymeric fibers with extremely small thicknesses that range from nano- to microscale. These electrospun fibers form materials producing a broad range of fiber and fabric properties. Electrospun membrane products and covering are suitable for medical and industrial applications, including specialty filtration media and coverings for stents. Electrospinning gives materials a high surface-to-weight and volume ratios while still maintaining excellent mechanical properties. It is similar in nature to expanded PTFE–but with a lower basis weight.
In addition, Bioweb has comparable chemical and temperature resistance. The company can create encapsulation technology, to spin membrane and sheet, and develop 3D structures for coating substrates of varying shapes and sizes. Membranes and coverings can be modified to further increase performance specific to the application.
The porous nature of the fabric coupled with the ability to spin many type of polymers allows for the formation of implantable structures within the body. Cells can use the electrospun fabric as a scaffolding to allow integration into the body. When bioabsorbable materials are used, the scaffolding is eventually safely absorbed. Additives can be incorporated into the fibers and fabrics. Membranes and coverings can also be modified to further increase product performance.
A few product characteristics and benefits that describe the material include:
- High airflow rates
- High surface-to-weight ratios
- Excellent material properties
- Stent encapsulation capability
- Continuous membrane/sheet available