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Micro-Molded Components Help Heart Patients

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RapidWerks LLC is taking injection molding to new heights using a grade of Solvay's Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI). A precision micro-molded component made from Torlon is part of a larger medical device used in cardiovascular repair procedures.

RapidWerks LLC is taking injection molding to new heights using a grade of Solvay’s Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI). A precision micro-molded component made from Torlon is part of a larger medical device used in cardiovascular repair procedures.

The part, a complex, miniature component weighing only 4.2 mg, has metal-like performance. Manufacturing the part by injection molding is typically 25 to 30 times less expensive than machining the parts from stainless steel. Torlon PAI resin combines high strength at temperatures up to 500F with excellent resistance to creep and wear.

RapidWerks, a Chicago-based injection molder, uses a Battenfeld Microsystem 50 micro-molding production cell designed specifically for miniature parts. RapidWerks general manager Scott Hebert believes the application will “open the flood gates” for micro-molding opportunities in the medical device industry.

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