Bioabsorbable Products: Every Bioabsorbable Material is Different
While the initial supplier was a micro molder (and even had the equipment to do the task properly), they didn’t have experience with this particular grade of bioabsorbable material. Because they didn’t fully understand the complexities of bioabsorbable materials, they couldn’t deliver consistent product with controlled IV loss for each sample run.
At MTD Micro Molding, we had a great deal of experience with the material our customer wanted to use. For us, it was a matter of executing the proven protocols properly to get them the product they needed, with consistent IV loss and predictable performance.
MTD is able to develop processes for bioabsorbable projects that offer consistency in every lot. By having an IV testing machine onsite, we can determine the impact of processing variables on IV and adjust immediately. This allows us to optimize molding processes, obtain consistent IV loss and improve capability.
Even with an unknown bioabsorbable material, MTD has the skills, tools and protocols in place to ensure project success with proper evaluation and testing.
MTD was able to achieve consistent IV loss with the bioabsorbable component. We averaged 6% IV loss, whereas the competition saw a range of IV loss between 20% and 100%.
For our medical device customer, this translated to success for a project that might have been scrapped had they continued with the first micro molder. In contrast with the nine months of delays they encountered before coming to MTD, they got consistency and performance on a timely basis.
Make sure a supplier has the right equipment. Make sure they’ve worked with parts of similar geometry and can show you samples of those projects. Most important, make sure they demonstrate an ability to effectively work with your desired material. Knowledge counts, especially when it comes to unique materials and producing consistent IV data.
At MTD, we bring a formidable mix of knowledge, experience and proven protocols to every project, no matter what the material. And that breeds success for our customers, time after time.
“In my several years of dealing with bioabsorbable materials, there are truly
one to two companies in the United States who should be quoting and molding these type of materials…MTD is certainly one of them”.
– CEO, Medical Device Company
“We think very highly of MTD and recognize the high quality of their micro molding operation. The care MTD takes to characterize the materials in order to develop the most robust process possible while operating within very tight tolerances is second to none. Additionaly, it is clear that the in house tooling capabilities of MTD allow for not only incredibly precise implants, but also allow flexibility and turnaround time that our customers truly value.”
– Account Manager, Worldwide Bioabsorbable Material Vendor