Medical Composite Material Solutions

When precise results matter, medical professionals trust TenCate Advanced Composites for our high strength-to-weight ratios, x-ray transparency, excellent cosmetic finish, and more. We offer a large range of composite material solutions for a diverse range of uses within the medical field.

TenCate continually invests in product development for the medical industry, staying on the leading edge of product development. We offer a portfolio of thermoset and thermoplastic materials developed specifically for use within:

  • X-ray couches, tables and mammography plates
  • MRI scanners and C scanner components
  • Surgical target devices and tools
  • Prosthetics e.g. springs
  • Orthotics, like braces and anterior foot, podiatric correcting in-soles
  • Walking aids and wheelchairs

The Material Edge

TenCate Performance Composites is the leading supplier of high performance, continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic into the medical market. TenCate CFRT® thermoplastic composites can be found under the feet of more than 5 million patients who require podiatric correction.

Additionally, TenCate’s advanced composites are used for high performance braces in the orthopedic profession. TenCate deploys advanced manufacturing fabrication technologies which provides reinforced thermoplastic laminates (RTLs) which are of higher consistency and accuracy.

The TenCate CFRT®thermoplastic materials are “tunable,” meaning that the materials can be tailored to increase or limit the range of foot motion with fiber replacement, resin mix and component design. Fiber type, content and placement can be selected to provide the greatest mechanical properties in the desired direction.

Similar to a continuous “bridge,” TenCate CFRT® materials provide engineered strength from one end of the component to the other. This allows the designer to develop an orthotic component with different characteristics in the medial lateral and longitudinal direction

Composite Material Properties

Medical customers value our TenCate Advanced Composites materials because of properties like:

  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • X-ray transparency
  • Heat resistance for steam sterilization and excellent resistance to solvents
  • Superior cosmetic finish
  • Excellent damping and shock attenuation and resiliency
  • Enhanced energy return (spring) and response
  • Lightweight and thin – minimizes weight to reduce fatigue and stress
  • Tailored properties with varying degrees of stiffness

Featured product

TenCate E726 
TenCate E726 is a toughened epoxy resin system with controlled flow for cures at 120°C (248°F), pre-impregnated into high performance fibers such as carbon, glass and aramid. This system features excellent drapeability, easily forming complex shapes. It also offers good surface finish and controlled flow. TenCate E726 is designed for use within medical and industrial applications and would also work well in a wide range of engineering applications. TenCate E726 is compatible for co-cure with TenCate EF72, a 120°C (248°F) cure resin film, as well as TenCate Amlite SC72A syntactic core.

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Product Category Thermoset

Product Category Thermoplastic

Product Category Composite Tooling