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Interstate Specialty Products die-cuts custom wicks for medical and scientific, electronics, and industrial applications. For over 50 years, our Made in the USA manufacturing company has been die-cutting wicking materials at our custom fabrication facility in Sutton, Massachusetts.

Learn how wicks work, what they’re made of, and how custom wicks are manufactured.

How Wicks Work

Wicks are open-cell materials that use capillary action to transfer fluids. Their porous structures control liquid volume capacity and fluid transfer rates, and are optimized for media capillarity. Through custom engineering, wicking materials can also enhance surface energy or surface tension to affect wetting.

Types of Wicks

Custom wicks are made of thermoplastic materials, porous plastics, and synthetic fibers.

Porex

  • Polypropylene wicks withstand steam sterilization.
  • PTFE wicks withstand both steam and ethylene oxide sterilization.
  • PVDF wicks withstand long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation and can withstand exposure to harsh chemical conditions
  • Porex wicks transfer fluids without absorbing them.

Rayon wicks, polyester wicks, and custom wicks made of viscose, a bio-based rayon textile, are also available. Ask Interstate Specialty Products which type of wicking material is right for your application.

How Custom Wicks Are Manufactured

Interstate Specialty Products die-cuts custom wicks from sheets or rolls of wicking material. We also offer digital die-less cutting and have cleanroom capabilities.

To learn how our wick manufacturing capabilities can support your application, contact us on-line or call (800) 984-1811.

*Properties and applications shown throughout this website are typical. Your specific application should not be undertaken without independent study and evaluation for suitability.