What is 316L surgical stainless steel
Ever wondered what the term 316L Surgical Stainless Steel actually meant when purchasing body jewelry? Surgical stainless steel refers to certain grades of stainless steel that are used in biomedical applications. This makes surgical stainless steel the ideal material for the buildup of any body jewelry. There is no exact content chart on what constitutes a surgical stainless steel, so product manufacturers and distributors may apply the term to any grade of corrosion resistant steel.
316 stainless steel, also referred to as marine grade stainless steel, is a chromium, nickel, and molybdenum alloy of steel that exhibits great strength and corrosion resistance. In a 316LVM steel buildup, the VM on the 316LVM stands for vacuum melted and the L stands for low carbon. The vacuum melted process reduces what steel makers refer to as inclusions, which are tiny impurities that remain in the steel often at microscopic level. The vacuum melting process also removes the presence of sulfur, phosphorous, and any other unwanted contents.
Is the 316L and 316LVM steel completely nickel-free? While 316L and 316LVM have very low nickel content, a very low percentage of nickel will always be present as nickel is a necessary component in the process of the alloy buildup.
Surgical stainless steel has become a staple of steel jewelry, as the steel is priced economically and safe for the user. If the thought of minimal impurities still bugs the user, Hollywood Body Jewelry recommends checking out our solid medical grade titanium.