Continuum Blue produces micro & nanoparticles generation, predominantly for the orthopaedic implant market for pre-clinical testing on wear bearing surfaces using novel implantable materials, Continuum Blue employs two generation methods to produce micro & nanoparticles, depending on the required particle size, distribution & quantity of particles required.
Cryogenic particle generation (ceramic, metal alloy and polymers)
Cryogenic particle generation, utilize a material’s glass transition temperature, where the material is cooled to below this temperature it becomes extremely brittle & easy to fracture. Using automated mortar techniques & mortar shot, material samples are fractured down to the required size & distribution.
- Large particle volumes
- Lower production costs
- Large size distribution
- Large variable particle morphology
Micro-fabrication (polymers only)
Micro-fabrication particle generation, utilizes specially profiled micro rasps surfaces, using micro fabrication techniques. The material sample is then cyclically worn over these micro rasps at specific rates to produce a specific particle size & morphology.
- specific particle morphology
- defined narrow particle size
- Small particle volumes
- Higher production costs