What are the differences between designing a medical silicone part vs. a medical plastic part?


 

Question: What are the differences between designing a medical silicone part vs. a medical plastic part?

Answer: The largest difference in design between silicone and plastic is the properties. Understanding the application and the material properties can help designers better utilize silicone in all applications. Silicone and plastic both have implantable and non-implantable grades and your application will dictate what grade you need. Applications may be medical in nature but not contact people but devices may also be implantable for a few days, weeks, or years or just contact skin or blood.

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