Titanium and stainless steel are considered as “medical steels” because of their properties suitable and useful for medical-related applications.
However, not all titanium or stainless steel grades are perfect for medical and surgical operations.
While the properties of titanium and stainless steel perform well in general medical applications, there is only a selection of grades that are advised to be used and are considered to be highly biocompatible.
Accordingly, high biocompatibility refers to that degree of adaptability of a metal alloy or steel to not induce unwanted toxic reactions, compromises, and other related adverse effects after being used in certain applications involving the human body.
High biocompatibility is required in scrutinizing the different titanium and steel grades before using them in certain applications involving the human body and bodily fluids to avoid toxic and adverse effects.
As such, some of the well-known steel types that are used are austenitic and martensitic stainless steels.
316 austenitic stainless steels are known and usually used in biochemical implants. They are almost used in environments that require just little chemical contamination like handling and manufacturing of food products and pharmaceuticals.
420 and 440 martensitic stainless steels are the best medical steel grades that are likely used in biochemical cutting equipment. They are exceptionally resistant to corrosion yet lesser than 316 stainless steels.
Fortunately, Forte Precision Metals offers 316, 420, and 440 stainless steel grades along with appropriate precision grinding services to accommodate specific requests from clients whether in precision or centerless ground bar forms.
If you have inquiries or would like to request a quote for some of our biocompatible stainless steel grades, give us a call or head on to our website and request a quote today!