Selection of Materials for Medical Applications
Applications in the healthcare industry, medical devices in particular, have some demanding requirements for thermoplastic materials that are unique to this arena. While polymers have been used in the healthcare industry for decades, it has only been in the last several years that designers have begun to discover the benefits of using specialty compounds in medical applications. Unique technologies relating to anti-static, wear resistant, and elastomeric compounds that have been useful in other industries are just now finding their way into medical devices. This paper presents an overview of the material selection process from the viewpoint of a specialty compounder with specific emphasis on the unique requirements for medical applications.