EVA

Soft, flexible plastic with low-temperature toughness and stress-crack resistance

About EVA

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Flexible EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) is the copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate. It’s an extremely elastic material that can be processed like other thermoplastics. The material has low-temperature toughness, stress-crack and UV radiation resistance. In the Orthotic and Prosthetic market, fabricators know this material as either: OP-TEK® Flex, Duraflex®, Proflex, or Orfitrans® Excel. (Note: Each brand may exhibit slight variations of grades and flexibility.)

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes available upon request.

Flexible (EVA) Properties and Material Options

OP-TEK® Flex, Duraflex®, Proflex, Orfitrans® Excel

 

OP-TEK® Flex– is a soft, flexible EVA copolymer that provides for outstanding patient comfort when used as a liner for rigid socket frames. OP-TEK® Flex is specially formulated to maintain more consistent walls during forming compared with many other flexible plastics.

OP-TEK® Flex Comfort– is a soft, flexible EVA copolymer with a proprietary additive that gives the material a softer feel. This enhanced surface provides superior patient comfort when used as a liner for rigid socket frames. The additive greatly reduces friction when patients don and doff prosthetic devices. Unlike EVAs with silicone, OP-TEK® Flex Comfort exhibits excellent seaming characteristics during drape forming and more consistent walls during blister/bubble forming compared with many other EVA copolymer materials. OP-TEK® Flex Comfort is vailable in both natural and black.

OP-TEK® Flex BiLam– provides added comfort and improves aesthetics for patients wearing carbon socket frames. The inner layer contains a hypoallergenic, FDA compliant additive that reduces friction, and the outer layer helps hide trim lines and window cut-outs of carbon socket frames.

Duraflex®– is a soft, flexible EVA copolymer that provides patient comfort when used as a liner for rigid socket frames. Duraflex® is harder and a little more rigid than OP-TEK® Flex and Proflex. It is available in natural (semi-transparent) and black.

Proflex– is a soft, flexible EVA copolymer that provides a superior level of patient comfort when used as a liner for rigid socket frames.

Proflex with Silicone (Proflex-S)– is a soft, flexible EVA copolymer with a silicone lubricant. Like Proflex it provides a superior level of patient comfort when used as a liner for rigid socket frames. The silicone reduces friction when patients don and doff prosthetic devices.

Orfitrans® Excel– is available in semi-transparent and black. The material pulls very easily and offers outstanding comfort for the patient.

Tech Tip– Be aware that certain solvents can cause cracks to propagate with EVA materials.

Typical Properties

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

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