Metal parts are typically used in invasive medical equipment because a machined metal part ensures a tight seal at joints. However, use of metal components can increase cost over the life of the product when sterilization costs are considered. Additionally, even with sterilization, reuse of components exposed to bodily fluids and tissue can increase risk of patient contamination. Single-use precision molded plastic components offer a potential option for mitigating the contamination risks and eliminating the need for a washing/autoclave process, but molding these parts with enough precision to achieve the same performance properties as their metal counterparts has been challenging.
Forefront Medical Technology’s solution to this challenge is featured in Medical Design Technology. Read more.