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Gold plating of Surgical Instruments

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I would like some information on gold plating surgical instruments.
1. What precautions do I need to take to insure that it is contaminant free?
2. Where can I get the necessary equipment?
3. What regulations cover the process of gold plating surgical instruments?

Any information would be appreciated!



In the Equipment Directory are listed a number of suppliers who can provide the equipment.

As for the other questions, sorry, I don't know. However, there are ASTM specs for the electropolishing and passivation of surgical implants--so there may well be ASTM specs for plating surgical instruments. So I'd start with a call to ASTM.

Can you explain a bit more about what you are trying to do? It sounds interesting.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


I've Gold plated thousands of instruments. Your best bet is to use 24k gold. Contact a jewelry supplier for equipment It shouldn't cost more than 800$ to set up.

David D [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]


$800 to get into the surgical instrument plating business? That might not even cover the cost of the ASTM and FDA specs he'll need for his library!

Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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