Plastic Machining with Radel Plastic

Pete Poodiack, VP of Sales and Marketing at Controlled Fluidics, talks about Radel plastic and what makes it a popular material for plastic machining and fabrication.

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Hello. This video is about Radel. Parts made with Radel have a lot of high-performance properties. They are outstandingly tough with great impact resistance. They also have excellent thermal stability and are resistant to hydrolysis.

Radel can tolerate unlimited steam sterilization cycles. It also offers heat deflection in temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes the material very popular for the handles of surgical instruments or surgical trays that need to be sterilized on a regular basis. Radal is a USP grade VI material, which means that it has passed the industry's most rigorous testing for biocompatibility. Radal is compatible with all forms of commercial sterilization.

This is a great material but one drawback is that it is relatively expensive compared to some other options. It's also more difficult to machine than acetal. However, our clients are usually willing to pay more due to the superiority of radel over other similar materials. For instance, when compared to ultem and polysulfone, radel resists environmental stress cracking more effectively.

USP grade VI radel comes in bone white, black, or amber. At Controlled Fluidics, we see this material used in medical applications but also for research components and electronic equipment.

This only covers the basics. Learn more about Radel® Plastic on our materials page.