Plastic injection molding is ideal for manufacturing medical and dental parts for several reasons:
- Produces parts with very high precision that comply with the strict FDA standards for medical components;
- Fabricates complicated parts with elaborate details;
- Quickly and cost-effectively produces a large number of parts with a low defect rate.
Medical & Dental Plastic Parts and Their Applications
The use of injection molded plastic parts allows for fast, efficient and cost effective production of dental and medical components. The parts we make include:
- Medical device housings and components
- Dental equipment
- Vials and other containers
- Respiratory hose connectors
- Devices with Luer locks
- Allergy testing components
These devices are widely used by medical and dental industries due to their lightweight, easy sterilization, resistance to corrosion, and great ergonomics.
Injection molding may also be suitable for prototyping for proof of concept, evaluation by management and customers, and FDA approvals.
Common Materials Used in Medical and Dental Plastic Components
Medical-grade plastics typically have a high molecular weight and are resistant to chemicals and heat. The common plastics used in fabricating medical and dental parts include:
- Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
- Polyetherimide (PEI)
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Polyethylene (PE)
Advantages of Medical and Dental Plastic Parts
Here are some advantages of using medical and dental plastic parts that have led to their widespread use:
- Low cost: Medical-grade plastics can be much cheaper than other materials, making them ideal for single-use items like syringes.
- High resistance to chemicals: Unlike metals, medical-grade plastics have a high resistance to corrosive chemicals.
- Ease of manufacturing: Plastic injection molding is ideal for a variety of production scenarios, from prototype parts to large-volume manufacturing.
- Lightweight: Plastic is lighter than just about any other material with comparable strength and durability. Hence, shipping medical plastic parts is less expensive. The products also are easy to carry around due to the light weight.
- Easy customizability: Plastic parts can be made with different colors by mixing color into the molten plastic.
Medical Plastic Injection Molding by D&M Plastics
D&M Plastics has more than 50 years of experience in providing plastic injection molding services to the medical industry, and we have been ISO 13485 certified since 2007. We use the latest technologies for manufacturing medical plastic parts, and we can create prototypes for medical device components that are new to the market. Our capabilities include ISO class 8/100,000 clean room and the ability to manufacture with tolerances of +/-0.001 inch. D&M Plastics has the expertise and skills to manufacture large quantities of high-quality medical plastic parts at low costs. Note that over the last year we have had an external defect rate of less than 10 ppm, which is ten times lower than the industry average.