We work closely with each client to determine the most appropriate component geometry based on product performance requirements. Employing materials-engineering technology, we can design a range of properties into a biomedical structure, focusing on qualities including pore size, thickness, elongation, flexibility, and stiffness.
Weaving is the interlacing of yarns and/or wires over and under each other, oriented at 90-degree angles, to create a stable material structure. This method offers the most design flexibility of all forming techniques. Weaving also enables seamless tubes to be formed with tapering along the length to produce near net-shape geometries. Key characteristics of woven textiles include strength, dimensional stability, and low porosity.
Woven medical applications include vascular plugs, vascular grafts
, ligament and tendon reconstruction, tissue scaffolds
, and soft tissue stabilization. Technical applications include e-textiles, high-strength tethers, and coalescer fabrics.
Knitting creates a construction by interlocking a series of loops of one or more yarns. Warp knitting creates versatile geometric structures with controlled elasticity in both directions within limits and dimensional stability. Weft knitting enables biomedical structures to have controlled thickness, consistent pore size and shape, and excellent elongation and recovery. Key characteristics of knitted textiles include stretch/controlled elongation, conformability, and controlled pore size. They also provide bulk and are lightweight.
Knitted medical applications include surgical meshes,
adhesion barriers, abdominal wall repair, and cranial facial repair. Technical applications include antenna mesh, carbon nanotubes,
and coalescer fabrics.
Braiding is the intertwining of three or more yarns (using one or more materials) in a diagonally overlapping pattern. Braids can be formed over mandrels of varying shapes to produce near-net shape structures. The process provides unrivalled variability of process parameters, yielding differing physical and mechanical properties. Braiding enables any number of a combination of yarns or wires from 3 to 192 ends. Key characteristics of braided textiles include high radial expansion, strength, flexibility, and controlled porosity.
Braided medical applications include sutures, stents
, and tendon and ligament fixation. Technical applications include high-strength tethers.