Aeos® ePTFE products from Zeus feature microscopic pores in the material structure. Made by expanding PTFE under controlled conditions, these porous products are imparted with unique physical properties that make them ideal for use in medical devices, electronic insulators, fiber optics, and many other applications.
The structure of Aeos® ePTFE is composed of a number of solid nodes interconnected by a matrix of very thin fibrils. The spacing between nodes and fibrils – which can be manipulated during extrusion – allows the material to excel in applications requiring microporous qualities.
At Zeus, we continue to assist medical device engineers in bringing their design concepts and ideas to reality. We work closely with numerous manufacturers to assist them confidentially in the development of new products and technology. We also actively engage in many other arenas to facilitate and support advancements for our non-medical and industrial partners.
Through extensive investments in research and development, Zeus has advanced a wide range of Aeos® ePTFE processing capabilities. Our ability to control broad aspects of the manufacturing process allows us to shape the physical and mechanical properties of Aeos® ePTFE. The result is a unique material composed of a number of solid nodes interconnected by a matrix of thin fibrils. This matrix is what allows our Aeos® ePTFE to excel in such diverse applications as sutures to desiccant packaging where microporous qualities are especially important.
Zeus Aeos® ePTFE suture monofilament represents our latest offering using expanded PTFE. This suture material can be swaged onto needles up to a 1:1 ratio and is available as a component to create your own suture line while raising your brand awareness. These sutures maintain a soft feel with excellent drape and meet USP standards for knot strength.
Aside from biomedical applications, our Aeos® ePTFE products are available as biaxially and uniaxially oriented tubing allowing enhanced structural property manipulation; ribbon and sheet material for filtration (gas and liquid); membranes which can be incorporated over implantable and non-implantable devices; and laminations (such as with urethanes or other plastics). Our Aeos® ePTFE tubing is also available in multi-lumen form with multiple channels along the length of the tubing. Multi-lumen tubing is routinely used for irrigation or insertion of multiple tools, wires, fiber optics, and other components.
All Aeos® ePTFE produced by Zeus is based on specific customer specifications, and the chart below will serve as a general capability guideline.
If your design requires a product with dimensions outside the standard ranges listed below, please contact us to discuss your needs, and we will work with you to develop a solution that is right for you.
Aeos® ePTFE has many of the same exceptional attributes of PTFE but differs because it provides unique properties for applications requiring porosity. Our Aeos® ePTFE is also biocompatible making it highly suited for use as biomaterial.
Internodal Distance (IND)
The amount of expansion in IND is a measure of the average distance between the material’s nodes. We are experienced in manufacturing Aeos® ePTFE with IND ranges from 5 µm to over 100 µm (with size-dependent tolerances).
Zeus has expanded capabilities with Aeos® ePTFE in many forms including:
- Tubing (biaxial and uniaxial oriented)
- Membranes (tentered and non-tentered)
- Sheet material
- Laminations (i.e. urethane with Aeos® ePTFE)