Our work for the medical industry has been heating up here at Vac-Met! We’re currently working with a company in the medical field hardening and tempering M2 (Tungsten and Molybdenum) rods that are being used as drill bits for surgical procedures.
These heat-treated burrs and drills are being used all types of surgeries, so they are required to be perfectly straight. We receive the parts as almost-finished rod stock that’s already been ground and just needs to be hardened. We’re able to maintain the straightness of the burrs/drill bits even though we’re heat treating them at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and performing multiple tempers at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit! Typically, materials will bend and curl at such high temperatures, but we maintain the straightness and process the pieces to HRC60 hardness.
Our customer is also very pleased with our ability to maintain the color of the heat-treated parts. Throughout heat treating there is no discoloration, and because there’s no discoloration, we’ve completely eliminated the need for any secondary machining work. The parts remain bright and shiny with a no scale finish, and this something a processor that our customer previously worked with simply could not deliver. But Vac-Met can — and does!
To learn more about the industries we work with and what Vac-Met can do for your business, please visit our website. Or give us a call at 586.264.8100. We’d be happy to tell you more about our high-tech metal processing services!