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Learn About 3M™ Medical Tapes

3M medical tape. (Image source: 3M)

You have a great design. Now you must attach it to human skin. While that may seem like a straightforward process, it’s often not. Factors such as ergonomic requirements, target patient population characteristics, and skin allergens are just a few of the considerations designers need to take into account when selecting the right adhesive material. It’s an important decision, as a wrong choice could result in re-engineering delays.

3M™ CAN HELP! With over 55 years in the medical adhesive business, no one knows skin better than 3M. 3M understands the unique challenges of this delicate surface and of the larger design process. As your partner from the beginning, 3M can help you choose the right materials for your needs and navigate your way to market, with confidence.

Medical Tape from 3M can be used for health care medical devices, other applications or integrated with additional 3M technologies for finished device innovations. The chart below will provide you a better understanding on the backing from Polyester, Nonwoven, Polyethylene, Foam, and TPE Film. There are also different types of adhesives available, such as tackified Acrylic, for an extended wear application. How about typical moisture vapor transmission rates, or if the tape can be repositioned, is it conformable, fluid resistance, and how long can this tape be attached to skin? These are all very common questions, please look at the chart below to pick what best works for your application.

These products are stocking at digikey.com and the data/spec sheets are on the part detail pages on our website. If you’d like a specific die cut shape, or widths/lengths - Digi-Key can offer you a quote on your secondary services. For more information on 3M available options or if you need assistance, contact CustomCut.3MProducts@digikey.com. Please send outline dimensional drawings to the aforementioned e-mail address.

Product / Carrier

Backing / Carrier

Adhesive(s)

Typical Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate
(MVTR)

Repositionable

Conformable
(Low/Medium/High)

Fluid Resistant

Estimated Wear Time
(Days)

1522

Polyethylene

Acrylic/Acrylic

None

No

M

Yes

≤ 3

1524

N/A

Tackified Acrylic + Polyester fibers

Variable*

No

H

No

≤ *

1526

Polyethylene

Tackified Acrylic

None

No

M

Yes

≤ 5

1530

Nonwoven

Acrylic

4200

No

M

No

≤ 10

1567

Polyester

Synthetic Rubber/Synthetic Rubber

None

No

L

Yes

≤ 3

1577

Polyester

Tackified Acrylic/Synthetic Rubber

None

No

L

Yes

≤ 7

1772

Foam

Tackified Acrylic

None

No

L

Yes

≤ 3

1776

Nonwoven

Acrylic

1300

No

H

No

≤ 10

4076

Nonwoven

Extended Wear Acrylic

250

No

M

No

≤ 14

4077

Polyurethane Nonwovens

Extended Wear Acrylic

250

No

H

Somewhat

≤ 14

9836

Polyurethane

Acrylic

450

No

H

Yes

≤ 7

9889

Polyethylene

Tackified Acrylic/Tackified Acrylic

None

No

M

Yes

≤ 5

1525L

Polyethylene

Acrylic

Very Low

No

M

Yes

≤ 3

1530L

Nonwoven

Acrylic

4200

No

M

No

≤ 5

1774W

Foam

Acrylic

None

No

H

Yes

≤ 7

2476P

Nonwoven

Silicone

800

Yes

M

Yes

≤ 3

2477P

TPE Film

Silicone/Acrylic

400

Yes

M

Yes

≤ 3

9907T

Polyurethane Nonwovens

Tackified Acrylic

8000

No

H

Somewhat

≤ 7

*MVTR value and length of wear time are dictated by the substrate that the Transfer Adhesive is applied to

Light = Single Coated Tapes

Bold = Double Coated Tapes & Transfer Adhesives

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Kathy Hutton, Senior Product Manager at Digi-Key Electronics, has been with Digi-Key since 2003 and has responsibilities for interconnect, passive and electromechanical products. She is in daily communications with engineers/customers (both internal and external) to help drive sales with her extensive product knowledge. Kathy holds an Electrical/Automation Technical Degree and was part of the Digi-Key Applications Engineering team prior to her role in Product Management. Outside of work, she is an avid fisherwoman, both competitively and just for some fun on the water.

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