There has been a profound shift in the medical industry where procedures have aimed to become more minimally invasive, quicker and more effective. The goal of this shift is to minimize patient recovery times, reduce the size of access incisions and to provide better patient outcomes through advanced medical procedures. These new methods necessitate new medical devices that tend to be more demanding of their components than in devices past. This requires medical devices and their components to use updated and advanced polymers. Many of these advanced materials fall under the general description of high heat polymers. We will refer to the high heat polymers discussed here as “ultra-engineering polymers” to identify that they reside at the pinnacle of performance within the engineering polymer designation. There are a wide range of these ultra-engineering high heat polymers but many of them are somewhat new to the plastics industry and some are relatively uncommon. Unfamiliarity with ultra-engineering polymers can prove challenging in choosing the ideal material for today’s demanding and cutting-edge medical devices and components. I will identify several of the more common ultra-engineering polymers, potential applications, their general properties and their positive aspects and limitations. This white paper aims to inform all those responsible for choosing and specifying materials for devices and extruded components about the variety of ultra-engineering polymers that are available, so the ideal material can be chosen for your device.
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