Medical device manufacturers are developing products that are less invasive, contribute to faster medical procedures and help speed patient recovery. To accomplish this, they are increasingly utilizing biocompatible thermoplastics in their medical devices.
OEM manufacturer Metric Medical Devices, Inc., for instance, employs biocompatible polycarbonate for its SuperStaple Classic, a bone fixation device that provides a superior and instantaneous bone compression force in order to improve bone healing, and reduce complications. The bone fixation implant is preloaded into an easy-to-use delivery instrument.
The company selected Makrolon Rx2530 polycarbonate from Bayer MaterialScience LLC due to its high strength, temperature stability and biocompatibility. The material is injection molded to form the housing of the device, which is roughly the size of asyringe.