Strands & cables

Strands and cables are highly engineered products and are ideal for applications requiring more strength and flexibility than a monofilament wire can provide. They are often utilized for complex constructions or processes in order to enhance the following: fatigue life, strength, flexibility, torque, stiffness, and smoothness. Strands are formed by wrapping several filaments of wire together to form a single strand. When several of these strands are wrapped together, they form a cable. Strands and cables are available on spools, as discrete lengths and as mechanical assemblies.

Please use our cable strand configurator to help you determine the strand or cable that will best suit your needs.

Typical Applications:
  • Orthopaedic Cables
  • Guidewires
  • Bioconductors
  • Stylets
  • Orthodontic Appliances
  • Snare Products
  • Coated Materials
  • Catheters
  • Spinal cable systems
  • Embolic protection
  • Close tolerance applications
  • Suture/Closure products
  • Endoscopic/ Laparoscopic instruments
  • Disposable instruments
  • Deflecting and steering wires
Alloy Selection

Although all of our alloys may be utilized in the assembly of your strands and cables, these are the most common:

If you have any questions as to which alloy would be best for your application, please feel free to contact us. Our engineering staff will be able to guide you in the right direction according to your requirements based on biocompatibility, strength, fatigue life, flexibility, torqueability, radiopacity, and any other criteria your application may have.

Size Availability

Fort Wayne Metals has the capability to manufacture strands and cables in a variety of sizes and constructions. Our size availability ranges from ultrafine or miniature strands with diameters below 0.004” (0.010 mm) to cables up to 0.125” (3.175 mm)* in diameter. Tolerances will vary depending on diameter, construction, swaging, or drawing, therefore, please contact us with your requirements.

Please use our cable strand configurator to help you determine the strand or cable that will best suit your needs.

*Size availability subject to change. Here at Fort Wayne Metals we are continually striving to push our dimensional boundaries in order to best serve the needs of our customers. If your size requirements falls out of the range shown, please feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives.

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