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Polymer Stent Coverings

Confluent Medical offers multiple stent covering services, including expanded PTFE (ePTFE) coating, thermoplastic urethane (TPU) coating, and polymer laser cutting. PTFE is a high-tensile strength, biocompatible polymer used in a wide variety of applications, and thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs) are one of the most common materials used for medical device coverings. Confluent is proud to offer polymer stent covering technology to support our Nitinol Stent capabilities and our customer’s specific device applications. 

PTFE Coating Capability

Expanded PTFE (ePTFE) is a microporous material often utilized for coatings due to its ability to stretch and deform into various geometries while maintaining a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it ideal for use in the medical device industry. Applications for ePTFE include encapsulation of Nitinol, Cobalt-Chromium, and Stainless Steel balloon expandable stents and meshes.

  • Coating parameter ranges
    • IND (Internodal Distance): 30um – 100um
    • Thickness: 100um – 250um
    • Crystallinity: Low, Medium, High
  • Current ranges for device coating applications.
    • Length: 20mm – 300mm
    • ODs: 2mm – 25mm

(Numbers are not all inclusive. Please reach out to discuss your unique applications.)

Dip Coated Polyurethane Capabilities

Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPUs) are used to form porous and non-porous medical device coverings. There are many commercially available formulations which offer a range of mechanical properties, making them a versatile class of materials.

TPUs can be dissolved in a solvent and dip cast over a stent or mandrel to form a membrane coating, offering a quick and cost-effective manufacturing process.

  • Applications
    • Embolic Filters
    • Clot Retrieval
    • Flow diversion
    • Peripheral stent grafts
    • Intra-bronchial Valves
    • Non-vascular Stents
  • Current ranges
    • Length: 10 mm – 75 mm
    • Diameter: 1 mm – 45 mm
    • Wall Thickness: .001″ – .004″ (25 – 100 μm)

(Numbers are not all inclusive. Please reach out to discuss your unique applications.)

Polymer Laser Capabilities

Confluent utilizes a 515 nm wavelength (Green) ultrafast Femto-Second Pulsed Laser to process polymers. Short wavelength ultrafast lasers create small precise features with minimal peripheral heating.

  • Ability to create precisely micro-machined holes, cuts, skives, textures, and/or ablated surfaces.
  • Capable of producing details to 50 μm and ablating surface from 2 μm-500 μm depth
  • Working Scan field of 25mm x25mm
  • Automated motion with programmable rotary and Z axis
  • Capable of automated laser serialization
    • Alpha/Numerical
    • Dot Matrix
    • Barcode
  • Fully Enclosed Class 1 system with HEPA Filtration
  • Applications:
    • Irrigation holes in balloons & tubing
    • Shaft Ablation
    • Surface roughing for adhesion bounding
    • Distal and proximal neck turning balloons, catheters, and tubing
    • Form cutting
    • Indicating marks for positioning or aligning

Partnering with you every step of the way

Contact Confluent Medical today and make sure your project is supported by our unmatched resources, technical expertise and proven service to meet any design, modification or manufacturing requirements.