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Fibre-reinforced plastics are a composite of fibres (e.g. carbon, aramid, glass) and a plastic matrix (in medical technology mainly PEEK, PEI or epoxy). One of the outstanding qualities of such materials is their X-ray transparency.

Fibre-reinforced plastics are a composite of fibres (e.g. carbon, aramid, glass) and a plastic matrix (in medical technology mainly PEEK, PEI or epoxy). One of the outstanding qualities of such materials is their X-ray transparency: Metallic instruments and implants absorb X-rays and cause artifacts in radiography and computer tomography (CT) that interfere with, or even render impossible, imaging at the site in question. Components made of fiber-reinforced plastics therefore not only facilitate subsequent controls of wound healing but also facilitate surgery, such as minimally invasive procedures, which are often guided by radiography.


These advantageous properties lead to various applications. In the field of instruments, for example, target instruments, wound retractors, Hohmann retractors or external fixation rods are made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics, above all because of their X-ray transparency. Further reasons are strength, lightness and other of the above mentioned properties.


KonMed specializes in the development and manufacture of components in carbon fiber-reinforced plastics. The application and the demands have to be understood exactly, the right choice of material has to be made and the manufacturing process has to be adapted to the materials and the number of pieces.


The design of the components in a material with anisotropic properties offers unique possibilities to develop functional products. KonMed has the appropriate experience and know-how.

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