Printing and Other Surfaces

CI Medical specializes in printing on medical tubing as well as on other difficult surfaces and/or substrates, including but not limited to:

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Fluoropolymers

A fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon-based polymer with multiple carbon-fluorine bonds. It is characterized by a high resistance to solvents, alcohol, and sterilization. It is the fluoropolymer that makes the surface coating “non-stick.” Unfortunately, even ink doesn’t want to stick.

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Polyethylene

Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer with variable crystalline structure and an extremely large range of applications depending on the particular type. It is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world, but is challenging to print on.

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Multifilament knit mesh fabric

Fabrics

CI Medical has the experience and expertise to print on surgical and implantable textiles. Biomedical textiles (which include low-profile fabrics, monofilament knit mesh and multifilament knit mesh) are manufactured using textile-forming technologies and are integral components of sophisticated devices for cardiovascular, neurovascular, orthopedics and general surgery applications.

 

Additional Materials & Substrates

Below is an abbreviated list of the most common printed materials by CI Medical. You can learn more about these materials’ characteristics and printing challenges here.

If you would like to inquire about a different material, or medical tubing specifications, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you with our custom offerings for all your printing needs.

Trade Name

Abbreviation

Material(s)

Teflon® FEP

FEP

Fluorinated ethylene-propylene

Teflon®

PTFE

Polytetrafluoroethylene

Teflon® PFA

PFA

Perfluoroalkoxy, or Perfluoroalkoxy alkane

Gore-Tex®

ePTFE

Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene

Kapton®

n/a

Polyimide film

Zytel® PA

n/a

polyamide nylon tubing

Nylon 6

n/a

polycaprolactam

Victrex®

PEEK

Polyether ether ketone

Polyethylene

PE, LDPE, HDPE

Polyethylene, low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene

Polypropylene

PP

Polypropylene

Thermoplastic polyolefins

n/a

polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polymethylpentene (PMP), polybutene-1 (PB-1)

Polyolefin

POE

polyisobutylene (PIB), ethylene propylene rubber (EPR), ethylene propylene diene

Polyurethane

PUR

Polyurethane