We live in an increasingly "connected world" that allows us to communicate with our household appliances, security systems, light fixtures and vehicles.The medical industry also operates in this "connected" environment. Implantable devices, chemotherapy ports, pharmaceutical dispensers, and intravenous tubes can now communicate with physicians, caretakers and us. As medical devices continue to evolve, there is an increasing need for smaller and more capable batteries, sensors, and component applications (i.e. electro-surgical devices, radiopaque markers).
To facilitate these emerging concepts getting to market, electrical conductivity, signal detection, localized heating, and EMI/RFI shielding are some of the critical performance characteristics required. Previously, design engineers faced limited options in biocompatible polymers with even fewer polymers that could achieve necessary performance requirements. With SAT Plating's SelectPlate™ process, these barriers are now removed. Device manufacturers can include the best polymers in their designs to create the cutting edge technology that the market demands.
Plating the entire substrate or selectively plating films, fibers, tubes, or geometrically dynamic parts is possible. In the above photo, a small gold band plated onto different biocompatible polymers acts as a radiopaque marker. Likewise, a small circuit can be plated for signal attenuation. Additionally, copper plating can be used with a subsequent polymeric coating applied over it for certain applications.