Metallographic Preparation of Orthopedic Medical Devices


Metallographic sample preparation methods for porous coated implant devices can be difficult due to inadequate fill of the mounting materials into the porous metallic structures. Inadequate fill of the mounting material during sample preparation leads to problems such as edge rounding, uneven etching, and metal smearing during polishing. These problems make proper microstructural identification and analysis difficult and/or inaccuate.


The articles and presentations that can be down-loaded from this web site are based upon work done by GFV while employed at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1983), Carpenter Technology (1983-1996), Buehler Ltd. (1996-2009) and Struers (2009-Present) and from the authors consulting work for companies such as, Latrobe Steel, Scot Forge, etc., and from his litigation work. GFV's bylined articles appearing in various issues of the ASM Handbook series have been listed here courtesy of ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio.