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316 VM



316L VM stainless steel is a high-quality material tailored for medical applications, offering superior corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, and cleanliness. Its specific composition makes it particularly well-suited for environments where exposure to chlorides is a consideration, making it a reliable choice for medical and surgical equipment and implants.

Typical Chemistry:

  • Carbon (C): 0.03% max

  • Chromium (Cr): 16.0-18.0%

  • Nickel (Ni): 10.0-14.0%

  • Molybdenum (Mo): 2.0-3.0%

  • Manganese (Mn): 2.0% max

  • Phosphorus (P): 0.045% max

  • Sulfur (S): 0.03% max

  • Silicon (Si): 0.75% max

ASTM Standards:

  • ASTM A240/A240M

  • ASTM A276/A276M

  • ASTM A312/A312M

  • ASTM F899

  • ASTM A564

Use in the Medical Industry:

316L VM stainless steel is widely employed in the medical industry due to its enhanced corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. Some common applications include:


Surgical Instruments: The alloy is utilized in the manufacturing of surgical instruments, such as scalpels, forceps, and needle holders, where durability, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility are critical.


Medical Implants: 316L VM is a preferred material for certain medical implants, such as orthopedic implants and cardiovascular devices, where resistance to corrosion in bodily fluids is essential.


Medical Devices: The alloy is used in the production of various medical devices, including components for diagnostic equipment and laboratory instruments.

Dental Applications: 316L VM is also employed in the dental industry for the fabrication of dental instruments and implants due to its corrosion resistance and biocompatibility.

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