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Powder Injection Molding (PIM), which encompasses Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM), is a net-shape process for the manufacturing of high volume high precision components for use in a diverse range of industries. Click here to learn more about the process
Maetta Sciences has announced that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance has been obtained for a cobalt chrome orthopaedic implantable device manufactured using its proprietary MIM technology. This project was developed in close collaboration with... Click for more...
The MIM2014 International Conference on the Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics & Carbides will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, California, USA from February 24-26 2014. The event, co-chaired by Uwe Haupt, Arburg GmbH & Co KG, and Brian McBride... Click for more...
Maetta Sciences has announced that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance has been obtained for a cobalt chrome orthopaedic implantable devic... Full story
The AutoInspect consortium, a European Framework 7 (FP7) funded project, has developed a digital radiographic system for the real time inspection o... Full story
The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has elected Richard Pfingstler, Atlas Pressed Metals, Pennsylvania, USA, as its new President... Full story
Centorr Vacuum Industries (CVI) has announced it will be building its sixth MIM-Vac M furnace in 2013, expanding its customer base for the Metal In... Full story
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Apple’s new Lightning connector system, featured on the recently launched iPhone 5 and iPad mini, has given the international Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) industry a substantial boost thanks to its use of this advanced manufacturing process.
The use of MIM in the Lightning connector has resulted in a surge in demand for MIM grade powders and a drive to install additional component manufacturing capacity.
It is understood that production is being met by primary Apple suppliers in Taiwan, some of whom have large MIM operations in China. Additional manufacturers in China are also reported to be engaged to help meet capacity.
Industry sources state that Apple has specified a single MIM feedstock supplier for the production of the Lightning dock components, a move that can be seen as a way of ensuring feedstock quality and consistency when using a number of different component manufacturers. More....
Germany’s LÖMI GmbH is widely recognised as a market leader in the production of explosion-proof solvent debinding furnaces for PIM and the company has for many years worked in close cooperation with feedstock and part manufacturers to continuously improve its technology.
As water debinding becomes more important for PIM producers, the company reports on the latest innovations in its range of debinding systems for the industry.
Our PDF Store offers immediate access to all articles, reports and technical papers published in past issues of Powder Injection Moulding International.
Below is a small selection of recent material now available for download.
Megamet: Expansion and diversification at one of North America’s fastest growing MIM firms
The processing and properties of Metal Injection Moulded Superalloys
Effects of powder size and chemistry on densification and properties of 316L MIM parts made under different sintering atmospheres
Elnik Systems: The next generation takes the helm at a leading innovator in batch furnace technology for MIM
MIM components with hollow-sphere additions: production, properties and market potential
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In the Current Issue
Ortho Organizers: A global leader in the development and manufacture of MIM orthodontic products
Ortho Organizers, Inc., based in Carlsbad, California, USA, provides a wide range of orthodontic products to the worldwide dental market.
A part of the orthodontic portfolio of Henry Schein, Inc., Ortho Organizers’ in-house MIM operation has since 1996 enabled the company to remain at the forefront of the manufacture of innovative and complex orthodontic products. Prof Randall German, San Diego State University, recently toured its MIM facility with a group of PIM Design students and reports on the development and use of MIM at the company.
Plus the following articles and technical papers:
- PIM in the dental sector: From orthodontic components to implants
- An introduction to the Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) of MIM components
- Centorr Vacuum Industries: Celebrating 60 years of innovation in vacuum furnace production
- APMA 2013 conference: Advances in MIM applications and materials presented in Xiamen
- Advances in PIM process simulation speed up the development of micro parts
- The structure and performance of WC-10%Co Cemented Carbide inserts made by PIM
Designing for MIM
If you are considering MIM or CIM for the production of your components, take a look at our guidelines that end-users need to consider when looking to use the powder injection moulding (PIM) route for the production of components.
As this free-to-access online feature clearly demonstrates, the greater the understanding of the MIM process that a designer has, the greater the chances of successful adoption of MIM technology.