HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials

Sabic Brings Carbon Composites to Medical Devices

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Sriram Mohan
User Rank
Iron
Composites for Medical Devices
Sriram Mohan   8/25/2014 4:22:37 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi,

This was a nice article, do you an idea for the market size of Medical Composites? I beleive it wont be more than US$650 million. Do you have any info to share?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I shoulda guess
Ann R. Thryft   2/26/2014 1:41:24 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Liz. It seems like a no-brainer once you see the reasoning.



Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I shoulda guess
Elizabeth M   2/26/2014 4:58:11 AM
NO RATINGS
As you have presented it, Ann, I completely agree. It makes a lot more sense once you learn more about it. Well done for presenting this so clearly.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: FDA approved, but food grade?
Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:05:39 AM
NO RATINGS
TJ, the carbon composites are medical-grade materials, not food- grade materials, designed for less than 29 days of contact with the body. The other, non-carbon composite materials--ULTEM resin--used in the sterilization tray are for surgical instruments. That's not a food-grade material either.



Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I shoulda guess
Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:03:39 AM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth, I had a similar "what?!" response on seeing the press release about the carbon composites and brought that question to the interview. It does make sense from both the materials perspective and the application POV.



Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: ULTEM
Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:02:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Glad this was useful for you, Greg.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
FDA approved, but food grade?
TJ McDermott   2/24/2014 10:02:23 AM
NO RATINGS
While the FDA may have approved these materials for use to sterilize surgical instruments, are the materials rated for food contact?

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I shoulda guess
Elizabeth M   2/24/2014 4:37:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Interesting story on the new materials being used in medical devices and the reasoning behind it. It's not a material I would've thought would have this application, either, Ann, but your article presents very clearly why it is working so well.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
ULTEM
Greg M. Jung   2/21/2014 10:41:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Good information on the ability to sterilize the ULTEM polymer and I will keep this in mind for future applications.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
I shoulda guessed
Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2014 3:31:42 PM
NO RATINGS
Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised at this development, but somehow I never thought of carbon composites as useful in medical applications. The truth is, there are lots of machines and equipment of various types that can benefit from this material.



Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
Some carbon composite processes are moving into volume auto manufacturing, while intensive R&D is being conducted on many fronts to fast-track material and process development.
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
According to freelance website Upwork, demand has risen sharply since last year for engineers with experience of all kinds in 3D printing and AM.
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 12 - 16, Analytics for the IoT: A Deep Dive into Algorithms
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course September 27-29:
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service