American Elements manufacturers biomedical grade metals and alloys used in a variety of applications in the medical field including biocompatible implants, surgical instruments, orthopedic rods, pins and plates and medical and dental implants. Products include medical grade titanium alloys, surgical steel, cobalt-chromium based alloys, precious metal alloys, and ceramic materials.

Implant alloys are typically derived from three materials systems: stainless steels, and titanium alloys. Cobalt-chromium based alloys and (aluminum oxide or zirconium oxide) are employed in making orthopedic implants.

Question? Speak to an American Elements engineer at medical.devices@americanelements.com

Innovation Case Study #23: American Elements Creates Unique Alloy for 3D-Printed Medical Implants

#23: American Elements Creates Unique Alloy for 3D-Printed Medical Implants


The Challenge

Cutting-edge technologies have opened up the field of biomedical devices to innovations in both materials and manufacturing techniques. When Johnson & Johnson researchers began to explore 3D-printing as a more cost-effective and efficient production method for implants and surgical tools, they turned to American Elements for their extensive knowledge of advanced materials and expertise in additive manufacturing.

The Innovation

American Elements engineers from multiple departments collaborated to synthesize and test various compositions of both traditional and experimental alloy powders that would be suitable for the exacting requirements of additive manufacturing. These powders require strict particle size ranges and controlled morphologies, which the engineers' vast experience with custom alloy production allowed them to easily achieve.

The Result

American Elements engineers determined that a novel nickel-titanium alloy with a unique chemical composition was the material best suited to produce robust, long-lasting, and biocompatible implants and devices via 3D-printing. The alloy is currently undergoing testing by Johnson & Johnson's R&D department to determine scalability.
Below is merely a selection of the full catalog of Medical Devices products that American Elements manufactures. If you do not see a material you're looking for listed, please search the website or contact customerservice@americanelements.com.

Selected Products Supplied to the Medical Devices Industry

(5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% Gallium Oxide Powder (6N) 99.9999% Copper Metal 3D Printing Graphene Ink
Aluminum Boride Aluminum Boride Sputtering Target Aluminum Dodecaboride Aluminum Oxide Powder
Aluminum Silver Sputtering Target Beryllium-Copper Alloy Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Bismuth Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Brass Electrodes Cadmium Zinc Telluride Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Dispersion Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles
Calcium Pyrophosphate Carbon Rod, Glassy Cobalt Chromium Alloy Cobalt Nanoparticle Dispersion
Cobalt Nanoparticles Copper Iron Alloy Copper Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Rod
Gadolinium Dendritic Pieces Gadolinium Pieces Gadolinium Pieces Gallium Oxide Powder
Germanium Oxide Powder Gold Marker Bands Gold Nanocubes Gold Nanoparticle Dispersion
Gold Nanoparticles Gold Nanostars Gold Nanourchins Gold Powder
Gold Rod Gold Tube Gold Wire Hafnium Carbide Granules
Hafnium Foil Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticle Dispersion Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron Blocks
Iron Cubes Iron Foil Iron Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron Nanoparticles
Iron Rod Iron Sheet Lanthanated Molybdenum Alloy Magnesium Dendritic Pieces
Magnesium Pieces Medical Grade Titanium Molybdenum Wire Nickel Cermet
Nickel Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel Nanoparticles Nickel Titanium Powder Nickel Wire
Palladium Marker Bands Palladium Tube Palladium Wire Platinum Gold Crucible
Platinum Iridium Foil Platinum Iridium Gauze Platinum Iridium Marker Bands Platinum Iridium Tube
Platinum Iridium Wire Platinum Marker Bands Platinum Tube Platinum Tungsten Alloy
Platinum Wire Platinum-coated Tantalum Ribbon Platinum-coated Tantalum Wire Platinum/Gold Conductor Paste
Silicon Nitride Powder Silicon Pieces Silver 2-Ethylhexanoate Silver Carbonate
Silver Chloride Silver Chloride Ink Silver Nanoparticle Ink Silver Nanoparticles
Silver Nitrate Silver Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Silver Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Silver Oxide Powder
Silver Sulfadiazine Silver Sulfate Silver Titanium Alloy Silver-Exchanged Zeolite
Stainless Steel Nanoparticles Stainless Steel Powder Tantalum Blocks Tantalum Carbide TaC
Tantalum Cubes Tantalum Disc Tantalum Foil Tantalum Marker Bands
Tantalum Nanoparticle Dispersion Tantalum Nanoparticles Tantalum Powder Tantalum Tube
Tantalum Wire Tin(II) 2-Ethylhexanoate Tin(II) 2-Ethylhexanoate Diisopropoxide Tin(II) Iodide
Titanium - Commercially Pure (CP) Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Alloy Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Powder Titanium based Niobium Zirconium Tantalum Alloy
Titanium Blocks Titanium Foam Titanium Foil Titanium Hydride
Titanium Hydride Slurry Titanium Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nanoparticles Titanium Palladium Alloy
Titanium Powder Titanium Ribbon Titanium Tube Titanium Wire
Tungsten Alloy Collimator Plates Tungsten Collimator Plates Tungsten Ribbon Tungsten Rod
Tungsten Tube Tungsten Wire Vitreous Carbon Foam Ytterbium Oxide Powder
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Carbide Zirconium Carbide Sputtering Target
Zirconium Oxide Powder Zirconium Powder