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General Information

Description

One of the most commonly used titanium alloys is an alphabeta alloy containing 6% Al and 4% V. This alloy, usually referred to as Ti 6Al-4V, exhibits an excellent combination of corrosion resistance, strength and toughness. Typical uses include medical devices or implants, aerospace applications and pressure vessels. In the case of medical applications, stringent user specifications require controlled microstructures and freedom from melt imperfections. The interstitial elements of iron and oxygen are carefully controlled to improve ductility and fracture toughness. Controlled interstitial element levels are designated ELI (extra low interstitials), hence the designation Ti 6Al-4V ELI.

Surface Conditions


Ti 6Al-4V ELI has a tendency to stick, fret or cold weld with drawing dies during processing. Common industry practice to avoid this condition employs heavy etching or pickling at finish size resulting in a coarse or very textured surface. Fort Wayne Metals has developed processing techniques
with enhanced surface treatments which require minimal etching at finish size to remove residual oxide, yielding a cleaner and smoother surface finish.


Diameter Tolerances


Enhanced surface treatments and processing techniques allow Fort Wayne Metals to offer tighter and more controlled tolerances. The chart in the column to the right details standard diameter tolerances for Ti 6Al-4V ELI in wire and coil forms. Most diameters can be produced to tighter tolerances.

Applications


Fort Wayne Metals manufactures Ti 6Al-4V ELI in straightened and cut bar, coil, strands and cables, flat wire and wire form to support a variety of critical medical and industrial based applications.

End uses include:

Orthopaedic pins and screws Springs
Orthopaedic cables
Surgical staples
Orthodontic appliances
Ligature clips

 

Product Capability

Wire


Fort Wayne Metals utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and processing techniques to provide precision drawn Ti 6Al-4V ELI. Wire is typically provided on standard FWM spools (see packaging and spooling data sheet). Custom packaging or spools will be considered based on our equipment capabilities.

Diameter Range


0.001" (0.0254mm) to 0.062" (1.5748mm)

Coil


Fort Wayne Metals provides precision loose wound coils for many critical applications. Coil weights are a nominal 50 pounds and can reach a maximum of 100 pounds depending on diameter.


Diameter Range


0.040" (1.016mm) to .47244" (12mm) Packaging (coil I.D.)
0.040" (1.016mm) to 0.125" (3.175mm) = 20" (508mm) nominal
0.100" (2.54mm) to .47244" (12mm) = 28" (711mm) nominal

Centerless and Precision Ground Bar


Fort Wayne Metals provides straightened and cut bar product in centerless and precision ground conditions. Customers can order discrete lengths, however material is typically manufactured in 10' (3048mm) to 12' (3657mm) random lengths. Available diameters range from 0.0787" (2.0mm) to 0.47244" (12mm). Standard Tolerances are given below. Most
diameters can be produced to tighter tolerances if required.

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