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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...
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The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, part of the School of Engineering at the University of Greenwich, UK, is running a programm... 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.
The processing and properties of Metal Injection Moulded Superalloys
MIM components with hollow-sphere additions: production, properties and market potential
Megamet: Expansion and diversification at one of North America’s fastest growing MIM firms
Elnik Systems: The next generation takes the helm at a leading innovator in batch furnace technology for MIM
Effects of powder size and chemistry on densification and properties of 316L MIM parts made under different sintering atmospheres
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In the Current Issue
MIM in China: An overview of current status, opportunities and challenges
The past decade has seen the production of MIM components in China grow at a dramatic and unprecedented rate.
This growth has been driven in part by 3C applications for international OEMs and in part by domestic applications such as medical devices. The result is a diverse industry made up of around 70 producers of varying technical abilities.
Prof Li Yimin and He Hao, from the State Key Laboratory for PM, Central South University, present a review of the development of MIM in China, from applications and materials to the broader challenges facing the industry.
Plus the following articles and technical papers:
- Element 22 GmbH: Pushing the boundaries of titanium MIM in the medical and aerospace sectors
- PIM at Euro PM2013: Innovations in materials and processing highlighted in Gothenburg
- CMG Technologies: The UK’s leading MIM producer targets the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors
- Influence of processing on the properties of IN718 parts produced via Metal Injection Moulding
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.