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Biocompatible. Durable. Colorful.

Spectrum™ is a proprietary vacuum-based PVD process that produces nano-engineered durable and functionally aesthetic color coatings on any reflective substrate including metal alloys such as stainless steel, NiTi, and CoCr which cannot be color anodized.

Spectrum™ color coatings can also be applied to metal-coated thermoplastic substrates such as PEEK. Its unique characteristics make Spectrum™ ideal for applications where durability and adherence are crucial, such as orthodontic appliances, minimally invasive instrumentation, orthopedic instrument sets, and surgical or fixation devices.

Benefits of Spectrum

Spectrum™ color coatings are thin ceramic layers which produce a wide variety of optical interferometric color tones similar in appearance to anodized titanium, but without the need to expose parts to a corrosive acidic environment. Its functional benefits range from biocompatibility, reduced friction, corrosion and wear resistance, and excellent durability at over 200 cleaning and autoclave cycles. Spectrum™ color coatings offer aesthetic benefits for product differentiation, as they are available in variety of color tones including green, magenta, gold, blue, aqua, teal, as well as rainbow-like multi-tone colors.

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APPLICATIONS

  • Orthodontic devices
  • Minimally invasive instrumentation
  • Orthopedic instrument sets
  • Surgical/fixation
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BENEFITS

  • Durable aesthetics
  • Inventory management
  • Size differentiation and error reduction
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SUBSTRATES

  • SS
  • CoCr
  • NiTi
  • Al
  • Ti
  • Any reflective substrate

Spectrum™ color coatings have passed the following biocompatibility tests aimed at evaluating cytotoxicity and hemolytic activities using in-vitro as well as intracutaneous and systemic injection test protocols:

  • ISO 10993 Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices (Parts, 5, 10, 11, and 12)
  • ASTM F756-17
  • ASTM F619-14

A wide range of colors are possible with Spectrum™ color coatings.

The birefringence Michel-levy chart defines which colors we can achieve using the Spectrum process.

michel levy color chart defining which colors can be achieved with spectrum process

Seeing is Believing

Thank you for your interest in our Spectrum Color Coatings.  They’re not just functional, they’re aesthetic too!  If you’re interested in receiving samples to see for yourself, please fill out the form below and we’ll ship you eight of our most popular colors.

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    Substrates Commonly Treated with Ion Implantation and Ion Beam Assisted Deposition

    Co-Cr

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    Improved surface
    hardness

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    Reduced
    Friction

    icon-reduced-corrosion

    Reduced
    Corrosion

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    Improved
    Wettability

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    Reduced
    Biofilm

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    Improved
    Antimicrobial

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    Improved
    Biocompatibility

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    Improved
    Aesthetics

    Titanium
    Stainless
    PEEK
    Silicone
    Polyurethane