By Cameron Chai
Bayer MaterialScience, one of North America’s producers of polymers and high-performance plastics, has launched Bayblend M303 FR, a new resin grade, for medical applications. The new resin is an amorphous, flame-retardant and non-reinforced thermoplastic polymer.
It is a mix of polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer (PC/ABS) making it suitable for thermoforming, blow molding and extrusion.
The blend can be utilized in surface device applications that contacts undamaged skin. The medical applications include kiosks, workstations and positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanning devices. Main features of the medical-grade PC/ABS blend are exceptional deep draw for thermoforming, melt strength for extrusion and high hydrolysis and chemical resistance. The material is naturally opaque and is also offered in custom colors. Bayblend M303 FR plastic meets the specifications of ISO 10993-10 for sensitization and irritation and ISO 10993-5 for cytotoxicity.
With the launch of Bayblend M303 FR, the company has expanded its existing material range for the medical market. Bayer MaterialScience will introduce the new Bayblend M303 FR resin at Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M West) 2012 exposition. The event attendees will learn more about the new resin grade and other medical–grade materials of the company.