Injection molding manufacturers are shaping the future of healthcare by facilitating the metal to plastics conversion trend that is bringing unprecedented flexibility and efficiency to the design and production of medical equipment.
Medical professionals are increasingly switching from traditional stainless steel instruments to the more versatile plastic instruments produced by injection molding manufacturers. These parts are cost effective and allow greater surgical precision. The growing list of medical instruments that can be fashioned by injection molding include:
First and foremost, the design process itself is much easier and much more environmentally sustainable when plastics (rather than steel) are involved. More complex geometries can be incorporated into the engineering, and walled parts can be much thinner than die-cast metal parts. Additionally, metal components that would previously have multiple clips and snaps can, through injection molding, be molded into a single part, significantly reducing the chance of assembly errors.
A second benefit of utilizing medical instruments produced by injection molding manufacturers is that they support smaller margins of surgical error. Plastic instruments can, for example, be color-coded. Implant sizes can be coded by color additives during production. This enables nurses and surgeons to work more swiftly and with greater accuracy during operations. Similarly, transparent plastics enable surgeons to better see what they are doing, enabling more confident movements, and the overall lightweight nature of plastic apparatuses contributes to more dexterity. Plastic surgical instruments are, on average, 80% more lightweight, reducing the chances of surgeon fatigue.
In terms of patient health, the removal of metals like lead from hospitals is an important development. Tungsten, for instance, can replace lead as a radiation shield. The fact that plastic parts do not need to be sanitized after every use (like their stainless steel equivalents) is also an essential consideration. Contamination risks are far minimized when plastics are disposed of after single use, and single-use plastics mean that medicinal advancements can reach corners of the world where sterilization is not practical. Plastic parts that are, in fact, meant for multiple uses can typically endure repeat sterilization cycles with great resilience.
Injection molding manufacturers could potentially redefine global healthcare. Costs of plastic medical instruments vary based on such factors as polymers used and volume of parts, cost per part savings however are generally another benefit of changing from metal machining to plastic. Thus, while injection molding manufacturers continue to shape fields like the automotive, aerospace, and entertainment industries, there is no doubt that we will be most impacted by the economically viable plastics produced for the medical field.
Baytech Plastics offers low cost manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of plastic medical instruments. To obtain a quote, contact Baytech Plastics at 705-526-7801 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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