Posted by Marketing on July 19 2016

More innovation from Orthoplastics

As a world-class leader in the development, supply and manufacture of the highest grade, UHMWPE implantable plastics, we think it’s exceptionally important to push the traditional design limits for orthopaedic components.

Orthoplastics’ investment in Direct Compression Moulding has created exciting opportunities for producing innovative, superior performance products

Direct Compression Moulding

Whilst Direct Compression Moulding has been around since the 1990s, the latest generation of metal 3D printing technology has created new potential for product design. Using Direct Compression Moulding to sinter polymers, Orthoplastics can create products with a high gloss finish, which cannot currently be produced….pushing the design envelope for orthopaedic components.

Investment and innovation are vital

Our investment in Direct Compression Moulding means we now have a unique over moulding capability that produces Mono block components with a high gloss, moulded surface. Given each component is individually moulded, we can control all aspects of pressure, temperature and time, during critical consolidation. This ensures that the finished product’s gloss finish and tolerances are far superior in comparison to machined UHMWPE components.

“It’s important to our business to be at the forefront of developing these specialist parts of our organisation so that we can respond to growing customer and industry expectations. With Direct Compression Moulding, each orthopaedic implant is moulded individually. This allows us to produce a component with a highly polished surface, by removing machining surface definition present on the articulated surface of conventionally machined products. It’s a real breakthrough.”

Mark Allen – Managing Director

This alternative way of producing implant components is being heralded as an important development. It further underlines Orthoplastics’ global commitment to maintaining and setting new standards for high-grade UHMWPE components.

New online presence

Read about our Direct Compression Moulding capabilities on our new dedicated website at

This explains the capability we now have and about our wider research and development, laboratory and testing services.

Orthoplastics is a Medplast company – science making a material difference.

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