Die Extrusion Technology for Medical Tubing Applications

Patent-pending process would allow 1000-plus layers from a single extruder

Although the concept of nanotechnology (controlling matter on an atomic scale) dates back to 1959, it is only now becoming more commercially realized. It has the potential to challenge the way all products are extruded in almost every type of medical tubular or related industrial product application.

Advanced nanotechnology, when used in extrusion tubing as opposed to the conventional format, offers significant savings through the use of less material and/or less expensive material, as well as a reduction in different materials needed for production. In working to overcome the limitations of a number of layers to use in tubular or hollow products, far more layers can now be extruded, giving manufacturers the ability to create an extremely wide range of advanced medical tubes to fulfill the growing list of specialty type products.

With state-of-the-art 3D CAD, CFD and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to assist engineers in the nanotechnology process, customizing of the die will be key in accommodating critical characteristics included in every final product created from extrusion tubing.

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