Medical and Healthcare
The use of thermoplastic elastomers in the medical industry is nothing new. The demands of medical devices require materials with properties that go beyond what is needed for applications in other markets. Material choices for this industry are critical and often need to address sterilization, regulatory requirements, and contact with body fluids, organs, and pharmaceuticals. TPEs are also used in medical devices such as gaskets and stoppers. Thermoplastic elastomers provide the perfect solution for the demand of sterile medical grade devices in clinical settings while surviving day-to-day use.
Thermoplastics in Medicine
TPEs also play a large role in the manufacturing and production of medical diagnostic devices. Their ergonomic pliability makes them ideal for prosthetics, surgical instruments, and mobility aids. These polymers are soft enough for patient skin contact yet can be hardened and made to withstand repeated use, drops and shocks.