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Understanding Surgical Stainless Steel

These days surgical Instruments are made from a variety of materials including composites, plastics, titanium, and (the more traditional;) stainless steel. Typically two types of stainless steel series are most commonly used for instruments manufacturing. 300 series (Austenitic) stainless steel, and 400 series (Martensitic) stainless steel. The Austenitic steel cannot be hardened through heat treatment. …

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