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 Dodecaboride Aluminum Oxide Powder
Aluminum Silver Sputtering Target Beryllium-Copper Alloy Beryllium-Copper Alloy Sputtering Target 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
Hydroxyapatite Sputtering Target 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 Tungsten Alloy Sputtering Target Platinum Wire
Platinum-coated Tantalum Ribbon Platinum-coated Tantalum Wire Platinum/Gold Conductor Paste Potassium-doped Molybdenum Wire
Potassium-doped Tungsten Wire Silicon Nitride Powder Silicon Pieces Silver 2-Ethylhexanoate
Silver Carbonate Silver Carbonate Nanoparticles 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 Titanium Alloy Sputtering Target 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 Tin(II) Iodide Sputtering Target
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