Micro Mechanical Testing
Do you need to understand the mechanical properties of small, thin healthcare materials and devices, such as collagen/cellulose/graft membranes, polymer/surgical mesh, polymer sheets, and micro test coupons derived from finished devices (e.g. PE tibial liners, PE acetabular liners, PEEK cages, etc.)?
At Lucideon we can help you to characterize and test micro materials to inform materials selection, product development and optimization, quality control, and to find the root cause of failure.
Although there are not comprehensive standards for each and every material to indicate how these materials should be tested, at Lucideon we have developed mechanical testing methods customized to specific micro materials. Test method validation can also be provided.
Some examples of the tests & properties we can perform & measure on these micro materials include:
- Tensile strength
- Suture pull-out strength
- Burst strength
- Tear resistance
- Tear strength
- Compressive strength
- Elastic modulus
Our comprehensive analytical capabilities include custom micro-mechanical test frames, custom fixturing and Digital Image Correlation (DIC), a method of visually analyzing & quantifying surface strain on materials and products when interacting with external forces, weights and strains.
We work with manufacturers in many of the healthcare sectors, including dental/orthodontics, cardiovascular and general surgery.
Example applications of the materials we’ve tested include:
- Oncology treatment
- Hernia repair
- Blood barrier devices
- Bone regeneration materials in dental surgery.
In addition to mechanical testing and analysis, we can also offer materials analysis, microscopy, chemical characterization, surface and morphological characterization of coatings, microbiological testing, physical testing, e.g. pore size distribution, conformability and degradation analysis of micro healthcare materials.