Polymer Core Services & Capabilities

Upcoming Event

Grand Rounds Seminar
"The Surgeon Inventor: Collaborative Innovation"
Frank Papay, M.D.
Chair, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute
Joint appt., Head and Neck Institute
August 4, 2017

The objectives of the Polymer Core are to support research and product development efforts where polymeric and biologic materials are required. The Polymer Lab provides plastic, rubber, and biomaterial related services, including initial medical device design, prototyping, and evaluation, as well as routine technical service.
Medical Device Design and Evaluation

The Polymer Lab covers all areas of medical device development starting with the initial brainstorming session, device design, prototyping, and device testing including in vitro and in vivo. This lab has been intimately involved in the fabrication of the artificial heart and the ventricle assist device at Cleveland Clinic for the past 25 years. We also work on a wide variety of balloon, valve, catheter, cannula, stent, and prosthetic-related devices.

 

Capabilities

• Device design and prototyping
• Device testing
• Compression molding & vacuum forming
• Dip and solution casting & mold casting
• Carbon fiber epoxy composite materials manufacturing,
• Bioprosthetic tissue valve fabrication
• Blood compatible polymer surface treatments
• Polymer mold design and fabrication
• Support of biologic and polymeric materials testing
• Polymer procedure & process development
• AutoCAD, Solid Edge and Pro/ENGINEER drawing documentation
• Provide polymer and biomaterial process control specifications
• Consulting and technical training
 


Medical Device Biocompatibility Surface Treatment

We have participated in projects to improve surface biocompatibility as diverse as components for artificial heart programs.

 

Capabilities

• Pump diaphragms
• Inflow and outflow cannulas
• Heart valves
• Sewing cuffs
• Casting and ejection molding blood pump housing and fittings
• Blood-compatible internal coatings
• Transparent devices for flow pattern studies
• Implantable parts with pore-textured surfaces for optimal cell/tissue growth