In today's online edition of Medical Design Technology, an article by Trey Shoop of TOPAS Advanced Polymers provides an excellent overview of the impact TOPAS COC is having on the design of microfluidic devices and disposables. By working with TOPAS plastics from the earliest development stages onward to full commercial production, design is simplified and development time minimized. An entire ecosystem has arisen for the use of TOPAS COC in microfluidics, ranging from 3D printing equipment for design and prototyping to injection molders who specialize in the precise details needed for consistent microfluidic performance. TOPAS medical grade polymers can be used in common microfluidic development processes including hot embossing, soft lithography, casting, laser ablation, and photolithography. These cycloolefin resins deliver a range of properties ideal for microfluidics, including high optical clarity, low water absorption, exceptional moisture and chemical barrier, and excellent resistance to chemicals, including leading organic solvents used in chemical analysis. TOPAS plastics also feature the best UV transmission of any polymer, detail replication capability down to the submicron level, high dimensional stability, and low autofluorescence.
Medical Design Technology features TOPAS® COC: Solving Design Challenges for Microfluidic Devices
About TOPAS Advanced Polymers
TOPAS Advanced Polymers is the world’s leading maker of COC (cyclic olefin copolymer), a glass-clear and extremely pure plastic for healthcare, optics, packaging, and electronics applications. From insulin delivery, to food contact films, to tablet and smartphone components, TOPAS COC is the high performance material of choice. The broad global regulatory compliance of TOPAS COC can make your next development a simpler task.
TOPAS Advanced Polymers is a business of Polyplastics Co., Ltd., a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastic solutions. The company’s broad product portfolio includes POM, PPS, PBT, and liquid crystal polymer (LCP). The company has the largest global market share of POM. With more than 50 years of experience, the company is backed by a strong global network of R&D, production, and sales resources capable of creating advanced solutions for an ever-changing global marketplace.
TOPAS® is a registered trademark of TOPAS Advanced Polymers for its family of cyclic olefin copolymer resins.