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.

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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

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 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 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