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A Valentine's Day for Bonding

To improve cost efficiency of tubing used for catheters and other implants, Creganna Medical Devices has launched a new material that joins nitinol with stainless steel. The innovation has garnered quite a bit of attention at MD&M West, where it is being introduced. The company estimates that for a typical catheter, only 12% needs to be made of nitinol. However, the material is notoriously difficult to bond with dissimilar materials, such as stainless steel, and it is expensive.

To make catheter building more cost effective, the company has created a patented material that can bond to both nitinol and stainless steel. What this material is is secret, but the company spokesperson did mention that it is a commonly used material that is safe for use in medical implants.

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