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Assembling Medical Devices from Nitinol

In February 2016’s issue of Assembly magazine, Austin Weber delves into a promising alloy called Nitinol. Medical companies are exploring new avenues for device assembly with the alloy of nickel and titanium which was discovered at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, hence the name Nitinol.

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What makes Nitinol unusual is the combination of superelasticity, the ability to return to a preformed state, and response to variations in temperature or application of electrical current by changing length or shape.

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