Niobium is special because this high level of resistance is achieved at a relatively low weight. Thanks to its high transition temperature, niobium is the perfect material for superconducting cables and magnets. We use this material to manufacture coin inserts of all colors, corrosion-resistant evaporation boats for use in coating technology, and dimensionally stable crucibles for diamond growth.
Thanks to its high level of biocompatibility, niobium is also used as a material for implants. We use this material to manufacture coin inserts of all colors, corrosion-resistant evaporation boats for use in coating technology, and dimensionally stable crucibles for diamond growth.
An important application of Niobium is to use the material to make niobium rod.
Niobium rod is worked cold from ingot to final diameter. Forging, rolling, swaging, and drawing are used singularly or in combination to reach the desired size.
Rod, preferably un-annealed, may be centerless ground to improve diameter tolerances. The minimum diameter for centerless grinding is .125". Rod to a maximum of 1/4" and wire may be supplied in coils or straightened and cut to length.
Rod is generally supplied with a forged surface above 1-3/8" diameter, and a swaged or drawn finish in smaller diameters. Proprietary techniques have been developed by SAM to overcome the metal's extremely high-galling tendencies.
The applications for which our niobium is used are as diverse as the properties of the material itself. Niobium is used in the manufacture of products for diverse applications：
• High temperature vacuum furnaces, where it is an excellent getter
• Nickel based superalloys; and alloyed with titanium or tin
• Sodium vapor lamps, where it is resistant to attack by the molten alkali
• Synthetic diamonds
• Sputtering targets for fiber optic applications or architectural glass
• Nuclear reactors it has low thermal neutron cross section and superior corrosion resistance