By Andrew Nield
•Low friction/low wear
•Reduced particle count and size
•Biologically inert composition
•Low thermal expansion
•High thermal conductivity
•High operating temperature
In addition to these material property benefits, CIM can achieve very small features and intricate shapes that are not achievable when producing ceramics from other methods. Medical applications where ceramic injection molding can be used include:
•Cardiac rhythm management devices
•Neurological sensors and stimulators
•Dental implants and abutments
Advanced ceramics are available in a variety of compositions for specific applications. Typical materials that are widely used in the medical industry include:
•Zirconia Toughened Alumina (ZTA)
•Alumina Toughened Zirconia (ATZ)
As populations live longer and medical design engineers push the material capability envelope, CIM can offer a more robust solution than more conventional materials and processes.
Andrew Nield is the director of sales & marketing for C5 Medical Werks. Visit C5 Medical Werks at www.c5medicalwerks.com.