Silicone elastomers have many properties that make them well suited for applications in the healthcare industry. These materials feature biocompatibility, strong heat aging properties, high chemical resistance, ultraviolet (UV) stability, low compression set, purity, clarity, ease of processing, and stable mechanical properties at a temperature range from –40°C to 200°C.
Typically, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is cured by a platinum-catalyzed hydrosilation reaction, but Momentive Performance Materials has developed a new family of silicone rubbers can be cured by UV light where the crosslinking is initiated by a photochemical reaction rather than heat. This technology enables parts to be cured quickly and at low temperatures. It also allows silicone rubbers to be combined with many temperature-sensitive materials.