Plating Medical Technology
Our Adaptive Plating Technologies can enhance a medical device component made from an engineered polymer, such as PEEK. With metal plated surfaces, the polymer is now conductive, can provide EMI shielding, and has more abrasion resistance. Whether it’s a plastic molded part, a film, or a 3D printed part, the metal on the surface can make the plastic significantly more functional. Our work speaks for itself.
The Continued Improvements of Medical Technology and Quality of Life
As more advanced materials are introduced to the medical industry, product engineers are presented with both challenges and opportunities. The challenge revolves around how an engineer can harness the full capabilities of a material – this is also the opportunity. Plating can give an engineered polymer the added performance characteristics needed to unlock the potential for a new medical device. PEEK is a great example of a medical grade material that is optimal for uses when contact with aggressive medicine or autoclave cleaning is required – or when PEEK is used as an implant device and its high strength is required. But what else can be done with PEEK? We have the technology and experience plating PEEK with various metals to provide the extra technological leap for tomorrow’s breakthrough product. Whether it’s gold plating on PEEK film or nickel plating on a high heat electronics enclosure for EMI shielding, our plating is second to none. We continue to evolve and expand capabilities, increase at an exponential rate, so too does the potential for our overall quality of life and our general well-being.
Nowhere is this more evident than the advances made for medical technology. Medical technology now has boundless potential where new and more elaborate discoveries are made every single day. For example, the switch to magnesium based orthopedic devices affords biodegradability for implants, which removes the need for excess surgery to remove the implanted device. Even things like the sanitation techniques used for devices like stethoscopes and surgical clamps have improved by leaps and bounds, offering healthier and safer options for patients and healthcare professionals.
The introduction of polymers into plating has helped improve the overall biocompatibility for many different devices, such as implants. Some metals cause an allergic reaction to some patients, so biocompatibility was always a concern, but devices can now be plated with biocompatible polymers, affording the ability to give implants to nearly anyone.
Plated polymer devices also help make these medical instruments stronger and more reliable. These devices now boast a much higher corrosion resistance, which gives them the ability to withstand even more wear. This advancement is especially important for devices that are implanted in a patient’s body since it lowers the chance of failure or the need for repeat operations. This corrosion resistance also helps doctors too since it allows them to sanitize their instruments with stronger sanitation materials, reducing both the cost of medical equipment and the potential for disease or infection.
As technology continues to advance, so too does the quality of life we experience. These advancements in medical technology afford people the ability to live healthier and longer. While polymer based plating may just be a small sector of the expansive medical industry, its usage and potential continues to grow everyday due to its numerous benefits. The longevity and overall sustainability are unmatched in most aspects, while also allowing a greater ease of use due to things like biocompatibility or the ability to print intricate designs that match the intricacy of a human body.