Medical and Dental Applications
Electropolishing metal objects for medical and dental purposes provides both short term and long term benefits.
In the short term, electropolishing achieves a surface that is significantly cleaner and smoother than the surfaces achieved by other types of metal finishing. All equipment that is electropolished will therefore be more resistant to contamination. In the longer term, electropolishing also provides maximum corrosion and tarnish protection in many metals and alloys. This increases the longevity and the durability of each part.
Another special effect of electropolishing that is very important in medical and dental applications is deburring and sharpening. During the electropolishing process, the sharpness of medical and dental instruments such as scalpels is improved. This saves both time and money in reducing the amount of effort necessary in preparing these instruments for use.
Electropolishing is ideal for any metal object that requires repeated decontamination or is constantly subjected to radiation. Some of the objects that should be electropolished for medical use include:
- Surgical equipment such as scalpels, clamps, saws
- Prosthetic devices, bone and joint implants
- Tubing, needles
- Burn beds
- Rehabilitation whirlpools