Medical Devices new product development (NPD) is a lengthy, multistep process that is often stacked with regulatory restrictions. Designers and engineers are under pressure to develop new and creative medical equipment to fulfil changing market demands in a fast expanding market. The global response to the Covid-19 outbreak heightened demand for not just finished goods, but also components and raw materials.
When building a Medical Devices, sintered porous plastics may not be the first or even the most familiar material that engineers consider. Sintered porous plastics are a fundamental component found at the heart of world-leading Medical Devices due to their versatility and ability to adapt to a wide range of applications. To fulfil various market demands, sintered porous plastics are made from thermoplastic polymers.
Finally, porosity refers to the amount of pore or void space present in a certain substance. Sintered porous plastics’ pore size and tortuous path provide excellent depth filtration for liquids and gases, making them useful in filtering out a wide range of particles. They can also operate as effective bacterial filters by inhibiting microbial entry, which is a feature that is typically desired in point-of-care and surgical devices.