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High performance compounds for structural healthcare applications


Among the family of high performance engineered thermoplastic compounds offered by SABIC to help healthcare device manufacturers meet these challenges are two new, high modulus carbon fiber reinforced solutions.


LNP THERMOCOMP EC006AQW compound is a high modulus carbon fiber reinforced PEI resin, an excellent candidate material for demanding applications which require high strength and stiffness, excellent chemical compatibility and mechanical stability in repeated, harsh sterilization environments. Potential applications may include either disposable or re-usable surgical instruments, fixation devices, patient transport devices, medical device housings and other components and hardware where metals have been used.


LNP LUBRICOMP DCI06APW compound combines the benefits of high modulus carbon fiber with a unique high flow, ductile polycarbonate for demanding applications which require high strength and stiffness, internal lubrication and good processability, enabling a balance between design flexibility and manufacturability in disposable medical devices. Potential applications may include disposable surgical instruments, medical device housings and other components where the use of metals or other stiff thermoplastics with poor flow can create design and manufacturing challenges. 



Both LNP THERMOCOMP EC006AQW and LNP LUBRICOMP DCI06APW compounds represent a significant increase in both tensile modulus and impact strength versus standard carbon fiber and glass reinforced thermoplastics as shown in Figure 1.


SABIC does not knowingly support or provide resin for applications that remain implanted beyond 29 days.


LNP LUBRICOMP DCI06APW compound and LNP THERMOCOMP EC006AQW compound have been pre-assessed and passed the material related tests from the ISO 10993 “Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices”. SABIC does not knowingly support the use of grades not designated as “biocompatible” in healthcare applications requiring biocompatibility.

While these two new LNP compounds both demonstrate significant increases in strength and stiffness than existing fiber-filled compounds, it is important to consider the broad set of application requirements when choosing a material. Table 3 provides a qualitative comparison of several other key criteria which may be factors to consider in material selection.


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