Don’t let friction undermine your medical device’s reliability. Trust that your device will run as efficiently and precisely as possible by coating components with Dicronite®.

Don’t let friction undermine your medical device’s reliability. Trust that your device will run as efficiently and precisely as possible by coating components with Dicronite®.

When to use Dicronite®

Engineers within the medical industry use Dicronite® to reduce friction when:

  • biocompatibility is necessary 

  • precision tolerances must be maintained

  • precision control of sliding components is essential

  • friction is creating too much resistance in the motion of a device

  • deterioration from chemicals, elctrolytes, or other substances present in the human body must be avoided

  • sliding wear is limiting component lifetime

  • power output of a device is being robbed

Where to use Dicronite®

Common medical applications that use Dicronite® include but are not limited to: 

  • endo-surgical tools

  • insertion devices

  • valves

  • implants

  • optic holders

  • medical molds 

  • precision molded drug delivery devices

  • screws

  • plates

  • pins

  • wires

  • bearings

  • dental tools

  • threads

Key Features

Product Information

Engineers within the Medical Industry use Dicronite® to:

INCREASE EFFICIENCY

Reduce friction to increase efficiency and power output of the device. 

INCREASE RELIABILITY

Prevent failures due to friction and increase reliability of the device when it matters most.

EXTEND COMPONENT LIFE

Extend component life and increase efficiency by reducing the amount of sliding wear that occurs.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Dicronite® has undergone various ISO-10993 tests for biocompatibility and shown positive results. Click here to view the results.

Dicronite® can be applied to all metals, most plastics, and some ceramics. In addition, Dicronite® can be applied on top of many other coatings or platings such as Nickel, Zinc, Chrome, Anodize, DLC, and more.

If wiping coated surfaces, use a soft cloth. Note that when wiping a coated surface, you may find a residue coming from the part – this is normal. It is not necessary to wipe the coated surface until no residue is wiped from the surface. The coating naturally “smudges” or “smears” as part of its ability to lubricate.

The coating is applied through a high velocity impingement process (similar to sandblasting). This process is conducted at one of our worldwide application facilities

The FDA does not issue approvals solely for coatings. However, Dicronite® has been in utilized in countless FDA approved medical devices. A Medical Device Masterfile (MAF) has been filed for Dicronite® to support the approval of devices utilizing Dicronite®.

Yes. Dicronite® has been used in implants within the body.

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Sliding Wear

Sliding wear occurs when two surfaces slide against one another causing material loss to one or both surfaces. Over time, this can result in component failures, additional maintenance, and costly down time.  

Coating components with Dicronite® can help minimize this wear and reduce the need for maintenance and down time.

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Tight Tolerance Lubrication

Extremely tight tolerances can present challenges when lubricants or coatings are needed to reduce friction. Many products are available to help reduce friction, but in the case of very tight tolerances, few can be integrated without the need for adjustments.

Dicronite® has an average thickness of 0.5 microns (0.00002 inch) or less. This precision thin film allows users to incorporate Dicronite® on designs with tight tolerances without the need for design or manufacturing changes.

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Vacuum Environment Lubrication

Vacuum environments present a challenge for lubrication. Many conventional lubricants aren’t effective under vacuum and are largely vaporized.

Dicronite® can be used in vacuum to reduce friction where other lubricants can’t function. The outgassing of Dicronite® under vacuum conditions is well below screening levels for spacecraft materials per ASTM E595.

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Energy Lost to Friction

Friction is wasted energy! Systems with critical mechanical power output need to be extremely efficient.

Dicronite® optimizes mechanical efficiency by reducing friction losses and can even work in tandem with existing lubrication to further optimize efficiency.

Dicronite® is especially useful in precision systems, extreme environments, or where minimizing size and weight is vital.

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Fretting

Fretting is a unique form of sliding wear that occurs when contact surfaces oscillate over a very small range of motion. Although it may seem minor, this surface wear can ultimately lead to fatigue cracking and devastating damage.

Dicronite® helps remedy fretting by providing lubrication at contact surfaces. This effectively reduces the wear and surface stresses that cause so much damage.

Dicronite® can be integrated into existing designs and assemblies without any other adjustments for seamless reduction of fretting wear.

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Extreme Temperature Lubrication

Extreme low or high temperatures can be challenging environments for lubrication. At low temperatures, conventional lubricants may be too viscous to be effective, while extreme high temperatures can result in breakdown of the lubricant.

Dicronite can be used in extreme environments to ensure effective lubrication while also being used in combination with oils and greases.

Dicronite is stable across a wide temperature range:

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Excessive Heat from Friction

As friction in an assembly generates heat, elevated temperatures can result in unwanted operating conditions.

This can cause overheating and accelerate the breakdown of materials, resulting in costly maintenance and down time or destructive failure.

Proper lubrication can help minimize friction, reduce heat, and increase mechanical efficiency. Coat parts with Dicronite® to avoid excessive maintenance and ensure components will run as efficiently as possible.

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