It is no secret that nitinol has revolutionized the medical industry. From hip joints to heart valves, nitinol is being embedded into all parts of the body, revolutionizing the success of surgeries. Additionally, many tools which are used in surgery use nitinol so that they can sustain very high deformations. Thanks to this, nitinol has helped to open up the field of minimally invasive surgery, dramatically reducing costs of surgery and improving patient outcomes.
The resounding success of nitinol in the medical field comes from four properties inherent to nitinol: vibration dampening and shock dissipation, high deformation and long fatigue life, hardness or wear resistance, and shape memory. Vibration dampening and shock dissipation are important for orthopedic applications because the nitinol dissipates the impacts that commonly separate the device from the bone. Large deformations allow large devices to fit through small incisions. With fatigue life over 50 million cycles, implants can be built that will outlive the patient—even if they are a child. Nitinol’s incredibly high hardness or wear resistance allows applications of a sliding contact to survive 15-20 years or even longer. The shape memory property of nitinol allows systems to actively move around within the body.
So, whether you need a complex stent, a simple spring, or bulk material to manufacture a replacement joint, nitinol is your go-to material. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our applications engineers at 855-583-5353 or Nitinol@KelloggsResearchLabs.comto help you revolutionize your product.Request A Quote