There is a strong demand for light gauge Ti6Al-4V (primarily Ti 6Al-4V ELI) strip in the medical, aerospace and battery/capacitor markets. Ti 6Al-4V cannot be cold worked which currently makes it unavailable in strip and foil. OEM’s are forced to purchase it in sheet form, in heavier gauges, such as .020”, then grind it and or chemically mill it to their optimal size for production. Strip coil offers a more streamlined and less labor intensive manufacturing process than sheet and manufacturers are hopeful with innovation it will become available in the near future.
In the meantime, all is not lost. Ulbrich offers alternatives to Ti 6Al-4V and Ti 6AL-4V ELI in strip form. For the medical implant market, Ti 3-2.5 may be an acceptable alternative, as it is considered to be bio-compatible. For non-medical applications Ti 15-333 would be a possible alternative and Ti 21s could also be considered, although traditionally higher in cost than Ti 15-333.
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