Application Note: The Effects of Particle Size Distribution on the Properties of Medical Materials
3 December 2013

As so many 3-D products are created from powder particles, the shape and size of these particulates can have a great impact on the physical and chemical properties of the final product. Analysis of the size distribution and shape of the particles can also give useful information concerning the processes they go through in manufacturing, and can help make these processes more efficient as well as, of course, helping to solve problems. This is of particular importance in the field of medical materials and devices, as processing control for materials that enter the body is vital. This white paper will discuss laser diffraction, a well-known method for measuring particle size distribution (PSD). As well as describing the theory behind it, the paper will focus on how important laser diffraction can be to the field of medical materials.