Article | October 26, 2022

Streamline Medical Device Design By Engaging Early With An Expert Textile Component Supplier

Source: Secant Group

By Andrew Metzger, Amy Zakrzewski, and Dan Treusch, Secant Group


Medical device manufacturers often need foundational guidance about medical device textiles — how they’re made, how they function inside a device, and how to choose the right materials based on device application. Different considerations often apply to raw material selection, prototyping, and scale-up, and medical device manufacturers can be at a loss for where to start. Therefore, they are well-served by securing the guidance of a medical component partner — ideally, a supplier who is dedicated solely to textiles.

Device manufacturers know from a high level that they need fabrics for their devices. But inexperience, often coupled with a lack of understanding about how the material selection process works, can slow decision-making and impact project timelines. Additionally, device manufacturers — despite being experts in their device and its functionality — may not always immediately grasp the nuances of how different textiles perform within the context of different applications in a way that ensures optimal benefit to patients.

A textile expert’s narrow focus on textiles streamlines product development. The ideal supplier has been entrenched in the process for decades, offering fundamental knowledge of the product lifecycle from relationship-building at the prototyping stage and material selection to polymer science and finished textile components for small runs or scaling up for commercialization.

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