Foster Corp., Drake Medical Plastics form sales alliance

Foster Corp. is partnering with Drake Medical Plastics Ltd. to streamline services in the medical device market and create a one-stop shop for high performance polymers in machinable shapes.

Drake Medical Plastics provides resin-to-shape polymer conversion into rod, plate, and tube for machined components for the medical and life science industries. Stock shapes provide customers with a quick, economical route for prototypes and scaling up to commercial manufacturing.

Foster now provides highly engineered materials and compounds for specialty medical and life sciences applications. With this collaboration, medical compounds including highly filled materials will be available in machinable shapes made from Foster’s full range of polymer compounds.

Vacuum processing cycle reactions

Typical load of orthopedic implants fixtured with alloy 330 screens using Wall Colmonoy stop-off fixtured in CFC grids. Processing temperature is 2,175°F.

Solar Atmospheres recently released a technical article explaining reactions that can occur during a vacuum processing cycle and different methods of preventing these reactions. The article discusses how eutectic compositions can form while heat treating, and how diffusion bonding can be concerning for heat treaters when two dissimilar materials are in close contact with each other in high vacuum at elevated temperatures.