The Medical sector creates complex challenges for scientists, engineers and manufacturers. By the very nature of this sector, strict criteria is necessary when selecting materials. Medical device manufacturers, face unique material challenges, whereby they must perform as anticipated, with high risk implications for unexpected reactions or failures. As a result, this sector has a high demand for performance metals including Titanium, Nickel Alloys, Copper Alloys and Stainless Steel. Utilising the characteristics of these alloys, manufactures can create an extensive range of essential medical devices including pace makers, surgical and orthopedic implants. Furthermore, metal alloys have many uses outside of implants, including medical equipment and surgical instruments.
Titanium in particular is a key material that has many uses within in modern medicine and dentistry. Whilst it is not completely immune to corrosion within the human body, Titanium is bacteria resistant and offers biocompatibility. Unlike other metals, tissue and bone can bond to an artificial implant. This Osseointegration phenomenon is unique to the alloy. As a result of growing medical procedures and biomedical innovation, Titanium use is expected to grow further.
Copper is also a key material in this sector, with a long history of applications in treating infections. Records dating somewhere between 2600 and 2200 B.C detail the use of Copper to steralize Chest wounds in Egypt. In fact Copper continues to be of critical use in hospitals today, owing to its antimicrobial properties to combating infections such as MRSA. Whilst Copper offers superior antibacterial properties in comparison to Stainless Steel, innovations in antibacterial coating offers manufacturers wider choices in material selection.
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