Medthin™ 10 TiCN

TiCN coating for medical instruments & hospital hardware

Medthin 10 TiCN has carbon inside the TiN cubic matrix strengthening and conferring a pink colour to this coating. TiCN has high wear resistance, high hardness, superior adhesion and is an excellent chemical barrier, which makes it an ideal coating for medical instruments and hospital hardware.  Its high resistance to alkaline and acidic cleaning and sterilization cycles makes it a superior alternative to chrome plating on surgical and dental instruments. Medthin 10 TiCN is deposited at temperatures between 150°C and 450°C. The wide range of temperatures allows for a variety of materials to be coated by means of adapting the deposition temperatures to suit the substrate materials without impacting geometries.

Technical data


Material Description

Titanium Carbon Nitride

Applicable on the following materials¹

all Stainless Steels, Titanium and Aluminium Alloys

Technologies of deposition




Thickness [µm]

1 to 5


Cubic, Polycrystalline , single TiCN phase

Oxidation Resistance


Cleaning and Sterilization Resistance

Medium, all methods allowed



Electrical Conductivity


Antibacterial properties

Not measured

Nanohardness [GPa]

25 to 35

Young Modulus [GPa]

350 to 450

Friction coefficient²


Adhesion Scratch Test, LC3 [N]


Adhesion Rockwell or Mercedes test³

Class 1,2, HF1-3

Roughness, Ra (as coated) [nm]


Corrosion resistance – Neutral Salt Spray

Max 30min

Biocompatibility data for instruments

Passed ISO 10993-5, ISO 10993-10, ISO 10993-11


Delivered per request

MAF at FDA in the USA


Most popular applications

Color coding of instruments, bone cutting

¹for any other material please contact ionbond
²against 100Cr6 steel ball
³Method either by ISO 26443 or VDI 3198

The values given are approximations and may vary depending on the application, environmental factors and test protocols.