PLATING ON MEDICAL DEVICES AND IMPLANTS
PLATING ON MEDICAL DEVICES AND IMPLANTS
Medical metal finishing
procedures use a wide range of
metals, but here are some of the
most common examples:
Gold: Best known for its beauty and economic value,
gold is a highly functional metal for medical
applications. It features high biocompatibility and
electrical conductivity as well as corrosion resistance.
This makes gold a highly favoured plating material for
electrical connectors, heart stents, pacemakers and
dental crowns, among other applications.
Silver: Silver is another commonly recognised
precious metal known for its beauty and value. Like
gold, it is also highly useful for its electrical and
thermal conductivity, as well as its antibacterial
properties. These features make silver an ideal choice
for many medical plating applications.
“By using and
hope to extend the
lifespan of artificial
joints from 15 years to
half a century or more”
Copper: Abundant and highly
conductive, copper is suitable for
electrical and thermal applications.
It also happens to be highly
resistant to bacteria, making it a
frequent plating choice for medical
Tin: Affordable, non-toxic and
corrosion-resistant, tin is another
common plating material for the
medical industry. It’s often used as
a top coat for lead and tungsten
shielding in radiological equipment.
Electroless Nickel: Whether you need gold
plating for an electrical contact or electroless nickel
plating for an enclosure that holds medical devices,
you can be assured that your parts are finished to
your specific requirements and will meet or exceed
your quality standards.
Nickel: This silvery white material is highly resistant
to corrosion and is an excellent plating choice in
many medical applications. Sulfamate nickel, with a
high purity level, often serves as a ductile
undercoat for gold and silver plating in electrical
contacts. Nickel can also be plated using an
electroless process, which retains the material's
hardness while improving plating uniformity and
corrosion resistance for medical devices.
WHY USE PLATING FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS AND DEVICES?
These benefits can help both manufacturers and patients. While manufacturers benefit from the low material costs of
electroplating devices, patients benefit from more sterile, more biocompatible equipment. Additionally, electroplating
techniques help to keep devices relatively small, facilitating the development of instruments designed for minimally invasive
medical procedures. Such procedures tend to be less expensive for patients, and require a shorter recovery time.
“While manufacturers benefit
from the low material costs
of electroplating devices,
patients benefit from more
sterile, more biocompatible
GOLD PLATING IN THE
The Beneficial Medical Characteristics of Gold
Gold features numerous characteristics that make it a viable alternative for medical use. Gold is biologically
benign, meaning it won’t cause a negative reaction when coming in contact with internal organs and other
areas of the human body. It is also unaffected by oxygen, moisture or ordinary acids, so it offers superior
resistance against corrosion of metal appliances placed inside the body. And despite its inherent hardness,
gold is an extremely malleable metal that can be easily shaped to develop high-precision medical instruments
Typical gold plating applications in the medical field include:
- Production of electronic pacemakers to regulate a patients
heartbeat, as well gold-plated stents used to inflate and support
- Implants where minimizing the risk of infection is vital, such as
those used to aerate the inner ears tympanic cavity thanks
to golds biocompatibility.
- Procedures by surgeons that clear clogged coronary arteries and
- Sealing of life-threatening injuries and wounds through emergency
physicians and battlefield medics use of lightweight lasers
that implement gold-plated contacts
- Manufacturing of false teeth, caps and crowns in dentistry
LEPL Plating Company Can Help
with Your Medical Device Coatings
LEPL has extensive experience in medical device and implant coatings of all types and sizes. Backed by
over 26 years of metal finishing experience, you can depend on LEPL to develop a process for your unique
project. From gold and silver electroplating to plating onto aluminium, we can help your organization with
your next plating project.
At LEPL, we have the staff, facilities and technical resources to meet every one of your plating needs. ISOcertified
and dedicated to constant improvement, LEPL can guarantee your company the highest possible
quality in medical finishing services.
Contact LEPL to learn more about us and our medical plating services and receive a free, no-obligation
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