Tubes and Tapers
Tubes and Tapers can be created using our core technologies of knitting and weaving and are often associated with vascular grafts as the shapes lend themselves well to following the natural curvature of the venous and arterial vessels. Woven tubes and tapers tend to have the strongest construction with high resistance to dilatation and high burst strength. However, they do also tend to have a lower porosity. Knit tubes and tapers tend to be softer and more compliant but may have a lower burst strength overall. The major difference between the two forms is that the Taper will narrow to a smaller diameter much like a cone whereas the tube will have the same length and diameter dimensions throughout the component while also maintaining uniform density. Tubes can also be formed from a hollow braid or a nonwoven sheet and is the perfect solution for some clinical specialties. As with all of our textile components, tubes and tapers can be made using a number of materials and with a number of additional features such as crimps, sealants and markers.