Nitinol Shape Setting

Custom Processes for Unique Geometries.

Our engineers design custom fixturing and validated processes to produce next-gen implants.

Norman Noble provides complete, single-source contract manufacturing of medical implants and devices made from superelastic and shape-memory nitinol.

Norman Noble is one of the few companies that provide all elements of nitinol manufacturing, including micromachining, shape-setting, and a proprietary automated electropolishing of nitinol. We produce nitinol products for our customers from wire, ribbon, strip, sheet, tubing or bar nitinol with custom designed and manufactured fixtures and optimal heat treat parameters.

The combination of our experience and advanced machining technologies makes Norman Noble the best source for micro precision machining of your newest nitinol product designs.

Facts at a Glance:

  • 20+ years of experience
  • DFM and testing services
  • Nitinol inventory for prototypes
  • DSC and BFR for AF verification
  • Automated electropolishing
  • Tubing, sheet, bar stock, ribbon

About Nitinol Shape Setting

Nitinol shape setting is the process by which the final, specified shape of the metal is configured and programmed. This requires specific thermal processing for each device depending on the end use and end-use environment. Shape setting must also take into account the desired final condition of the nitinol, which may require different processing temperatures and exhibit different characteristics. “Superelastic” and “shape memory” conditions of nitinol are generally available in wire, ribbon, strip, sheet, tubing, and bar form. One of the most important challenges in the shape setting process is optimizing the proper heat treatment parameters to achieve the nominal shape and mechanical properties of the part. Nitinol shape setting requires careful thermal manipulation of the material to achieve the desired phase transformation temperatures, which are critical to device functionality.

Norman Noble is one of the few companies that provide all elements of nitinol manufacturing, including micromachining, shape-setting, and a proprietary automated electropolishing process of nitinol. Besides nitinol component manufacturing, we also have the capability of confirming the physical, and mechanical properties of the finished part, by means of DSC (differential scanning calorimeter), BFR (bend and free recovery), and temperature controlled tensile testing.

Materials and Applications

What We Make

Vascular Stent Implants:
    AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)
    BTK (Below The Knee)

Transcatheter Heart Valve Implants and Frames:
    Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Neurovascualr Clot Retrieval Devices, Flow Diverters, Embolic Filters
Arterial Closure Implants
Atrial Fibrillation Devices
Vena Cava Filter Implants
Renal Denervation Devices
Spinal Implants and Devices
Extremity Screw and Plate Implants and Devices
Ligament Repair Anchors and Devices

Materials We Use

Superelastic Nitinol
Shape Memory Nitinol

Production and Capacity

Our extensive capacity for nitinol processing includes over 125,000 square feet of space across 3 facilities.

Example Parts We’ve Manufactured

Dedicated Process Development Teams

Norman Noble’s expertise in nitinol shape setting is a result of decades of technical training, research, and hands-on experience capabilities for nitinol shape setting are provided using dedicated equipment, located in our independent Nitinol Process Development Center.

Our Nitinol Process Development team works with our customers to manufacture preliminary design prototypes isolated from the production manufacturing areas, and our technologies often enable the commercialization of next generation medtech products. Our Nitinol PDC also works closely with our Quality & Process team of engineers to ensure a smooth transition from prototype to production.

Rapid Prototyping

Dedicated resources for micromachining prototype design and delivery in 2 weeks


FDA-validated production methodology toughest ISO/CGMP standards


The most efficient, high volume production facilities in the market