Basics of Silicone:101
Silicone, chemically known as polydimethylsiloxane, is a highly stable material that was discovered by English chemist F.S. Kipping. In the 1940s, as silicone was researched and tested to help with the war effort, it became commercially viable.
Silicone was first produced by Dow Corning as a paste used to protect electrical sparking equipment in planes. Now it is well known for its resiliency, and its uses have expanded to a variety of industries, including medical, in both extruded and molded components.
Here is a quick primer of some of the features and benefits of silicone. While this won’t cover everything about silicone, this list can help you decide if this is the right material for your medical application.