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Titanium alloy for surgical instruments

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Sir,

I'm an engineer and I want to start surgical instruments using titanium alloy, since its corrosion resistance, weight, strength etc are really way better than stainless steels. I'm here in your good respect to get a thorough knowledge of titanium alloy used for surgical instruments along with the techniques involve in its manufacturing of different types of surgical instrument from forging to the final end point. Your quick response in this capacity will be highly appreciated.

Hammad Afzal
- Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan


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Hammad, a good place to start would be Timet's web site, as they have a lot of technical information on the alloys they manufacture. I would strongly suggest you restrict your initial readings to 6-4, for several reasons- it's readily available, as the majority of titanium metal is made into it, and there is much knowledge already established. So start with the "Properties and Processing of 6-4" at http://www.timet.com/timetal6-4frame.html.

All the best!

Lee Gearhart
metallurgist
East Aurora, New York


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