Silicon bonding is a method of adhering silicon, a synthetic, rubber-like material to any metal part or product. Silicon is known for its heat resistance, durability and flexibility. It is easily molded into any shape when heated, and once cured, is an excellent sealant material.
When bonded with metals, including stainless steel and aluminum, silicon forms an air tight bond between the two materials that is not likely to contaminate or wear over time. Silicon is also an inert material, meaning it will not react chemically or physically when in contact with any other liquid, solid or gas substance. Silicon is a rubber bonded to metal that is used most often for medical applications in hospitals, operating rooms and doctor offices. They make excellent handles for medical instruments, specifically for those used in surgical situations. When bonded, the spot where the metal and silicon meet have almost no risk of contamination because no substance is able to penetrate the cracks. Because of its extreme resistance to heat, silicon can withstand regular autoclave sterilization cycles, which is necessary for all reusable medical tools. Silicon bonded metal is also used in blood analysis, in medical machinery and for any use that would require a graspable handle that should also be able to come into contact with human fluid or high heat.
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