High-Strength Alloys for Medical Devices


Nanomed MAX compounds are formulated for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional reinforced plastics. Based on an alloy of meta-xylene diamine polyamide (MX nylon), they are U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI tested and suitable for reusable instruments or components that must withstand gamma, e-beam, and ethylene oxide sterilization.


Compounds incorporate nanoclay particles into a high strength nylon alloy. Unlike PEEK, Nanomed MAX compounds do not require the high temperature injection molding or extrusion equipment. These alloys can be processed using standard mold and barrel heaters that are commonly used for nylons and polyesters.


Nanomed MAX Compounds specifications include:

  • incorporate platelet-shaped nanoclay particles less than a nanometer thick and up to 1,000 times greater in surface diameter; provide reinforcement at the molecular level
  • include less than 10% by weight nanoparticles resulting in 15% more tensile strength than unmodified PEEK
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