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Fort Wayne Metals Develops 4TiTUDE, Reportedly Strongest Commercially Pure Grade 4 Titanium

Source: Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne Metals Announced Development of 4TiTUDE, strongest commercially pure Grade 4 Titanium ever

February 11, 2014, FORT WAYNE, IN –– Fort Wayne Metals, a leading manufacturer of wire-based medical materials, is introducing 4TiTUDE™ – the first material to combine the benefits of pure Titanium with the strength of Ti 6Ai-4V ELI.

"Until now, implant designers working with Titanium had to decide what was more important for their device: the strength of alloyed Titanium or beneficial properties of commercially pure materials," explains Ric Snyder, Product Manager for orthopaedic and dental implant applications at Fort Wayne Metals. "With 4TiTUDE™, Fort Wayne Metals gives implant designers the best of both worlds. It's one material with no compromises."

4TiTUDE™ meets all requirements of ASTM F67 – it is commercially pure and will not release toxic aluminum or vanadium ions as Ti 6Al-4V ELI may. 4TiTUDE™ is also expected to promote osseointegration and accept osseointegrative coatings such as hydroxyapatite or calcium phosphate. And 4TiTUDE shows fatigue resistance equivalent to cold worked CP Grade 4 Titanium.

When it comes to strength, 4TITUDE is on par with cold worked alloyed Titanium: Fort Wayne Metals lists a minimum tensile strength of 1,172 Mpa (170 ksi) in diameters up to 4 mm and 1,103 Mpa (160 ksi) in diameters from 4–6 mm.

"That's a significant increase from the 950 Mpa or 138 ksi we typically see in cold worked CP Grade 4 Titanium," states Snyder. "This will certainly help our customers push the boundaries of implant design – for example by developing smaller dental implants with thinner walls and creating less invasive solutions for patients with narrow bone ridges and limited space between teeth."

4TiTUDE™ is now available exclusively from Fort Wayne Metals and its authorized distributors.

About Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-quality materials, precision wire, strands and cables, and component assemblies for medical devices and other demanding applications. Fort Wayne Metals is an ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and AS 9100 registered company with over 700 employees at their corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, IN, as well as in Columbia City, IN and Castlebar, Ireland. Learn more at www.fwmetals.com

 

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