Materials development has had a fundamental impact on the enhanced performance and capabilities of medical implants and devices. Materials utilized for most medical applications require a complex combination of unique mechanical and tribological properties, physical attributes, and biocompatibility. Mechanical and tribological properties are a critical design consideration for product performance and reliability, while the in-vivo preservation of properties can serve as an indicator of biocompatibility.
Bruker has developed a comprehensive suite of testing techniques to measure the mechanical, interfacial, and tribological performance of materials used in medical implants and devices over the nanometer and micrometer length scales. These nanoindentation, microindentation, and tribological characterization techniques allow scientists and engineers to quantitatively measure and optimize localized properties, resulting in enhanced product performance and reliability. From implant alloy optimization to friction/wear characterization of thin films and interfacial adhesion of coatings used on drug eluting stents to viscoelastic properties of hydrogels, Bruker has a testing technology to further your medical device research and development.