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Polyimide Tubing

Polyimide is a polymer thermoset plastic that has exceptional thermal stability, chemical resistance, and tensile strength. These characteristics make polyimide an ideal material for high-performance medical applications. The tubing is lightweight, flexible, and resistant to heat and chemical interaction.

Typical Applications

  • Cardiovascular catheters
  • Urological retrieval devices
  • Neurovascular applications
  • Fiber optics
  • Intravascular drug delivery
  • Balloon angioplasty & stent delivery systems

Polyimide Features

  • Superior pushability & tractability
  • Flexibility & kink resistance
  • Column strength
  • Ultra-smooth surface & transparency
  • Chemically inert
  • Torque transmission
  • Gamma, EtO & E-beam sterilization tolerant
  • Color selection
  • USP Class VI Compliance

Standard Size/Tolerances

  • Standard ID sizes from 0.004″ to 0.086″ (0.10mm to 2.18mm)
  • Wall thickness from 0.0005″ to 0.008″ (0.0127mm to 0.2032mm)

ID Size/Tolerances

ID > 0.0200″ (0.51 mm) Tolerance: ± 1% of Nominal
ID < 0.0200″ Tolerance: ± 0.0002″ (0.005 mm) of Nominal

Wall Thickness/Tolerances

Wall > 0.0010″ (0.025 mm)
Tolerance: ±0.00025″ (0.006 mm)
Wall < 0.0010″
Tolerance: +0.00025″, – 0″

Material Property Information

Thermal Rating @ 20,000 Hours: 220°C Minimum (428°F)
Thermal Endurance: 400°C Minimum (752°F)
Tensile Strength: 20,000 PSI Minimum
Hoop Stress: 11,000 PSI Minimum
Burst Strength: (Hoop Stress x Wall Thickness)/OD Radius
Chemical Resistance: Excellent, most solvents/solutions
Radiation Resistance: 3.0 X 109 Gamma Dose rd
Coefficient of Thermal Conductivity: 35.0 X 10-5 Cal/sec/cm2/°C/cm
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: 4.0 X 10-5/°C
Elongation @ Break: 50% Nominal
Dielectric Strength: 4,000 Volts/0.001″ Minimum
Dielectric Constant: 3.4
Melting Point: Nonexistent
Density @ Room Temp: 1.41 g/cc
Coefficient of Friction: 0.5

MicroCut Trimming Services

Replace in-house trimming operations and reduce lead time with our automated trimming service. Our MicroCut trim process provides:

  • Precise, custom short lengths with square ends
  • Trim capabilities as short as 0.0100″ (0.25 mm)
  • Tolerances of +/- 0.005″ (0.13mm) to +/- 0.15% of length
  • Minimal profile distortion and end flash
  • MicroView diagnostic capabilities.

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Polyimide medical tubing samples showing custom laser machining and braid reinforcing.

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