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surgical instruments and stainless steel

Here are a few interesting points we’ve pulled together regarding surgical instruments and stainless steel…
Different chemical compositions are suitable for different instruments. BS 5194 : Part 1:1991 gives a more in depth breakdown for the uses, but as a basic guide, instruments should be manufactured from the following (a few examples are shown below):
Hardenable (Martensitic) European Steels:
AISI

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