Plastic orthotics are a game-changer for people all around the world. Medical researchers, engineers, and manufacturers have come to understand how valuable and versatile plastic materials are for the entire orthotics industry.
Not only are plastics used in prosthetics and orthotics devices, such as prosthetic limbs, but plastic is also helpful in other areas. It is found in surgical implantation parts to reinforce or replace bones and joints. Polymershapes offers a variety of plastic for prosthetics and orthotics. We have relationships with many of the most well-known manufacturers in the industry.
Materials Used in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, or UHMW, is a popular plastic for orthotics. It’s a thermoplastic with semi-crystalline properties. Its resistance to abrasion and its low friction coefficient make it ideal for orthotics, as does its resistance to corrosion. It can withstand significant impact, as well, which provides safety, support, and more freedom to individuals using a prosthetic made of or featuring UHMW.
High-Density Polyethylene, also known as HDPE, is another thermoplastic. It boasts a low rate of water absorption, it’s easy to thermoform, and it’s resistant to abrasions, chemicals, corrosion, and impact. Due to the ease with which it can be fabricated, machined, or welded, it’s a versatile material that’s well-suited to orthotics.
Another plastic used in prosthetics and orthotics is LDPE, short for Low-Density Polyethylene. This thermoplastic shares the impressive resistances of the other plastics, but it’s also lightweight and has practically zero moisture absorption. It’s a highly flexible plastic, too.