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What is Powder Injection Moulding?
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.
MIM and CIM parts can now be found in all areas of life, from our cars and trucks to watches, dental braces, mobile phones, IT equipment, DIY tools and much much more.
Introduction to Metal Injection Molding
To find out more about all the process steps in Metal Injection Molding (MIM), take a look at our Introduction to MIM section, where we also present a range of typical applications.
Plus, don't miss our free design guidelines for MIM, available on this site.
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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....
The injection simulation of green parts provides substantial economic and technical benefits to PIM molders. Download a free six-page technical paper from German simulation specialist SIGMASOFT:
Successful MIM cycle optimization and quality improvements based on process simulation results (PDF)
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.
Philips Lighting: The evolution of PIM HID lighting components and the potential for transparent alumina products
PM2012 World Congress: Special Interest Seminar reveals strong global growth for PIM, with Asia leading the way
Titanium MIM at Euro PM2012: Commercial considerations, materials, processing and applications
PM2012 World Congress: PIM focuses on novel and new materials for advanced applications
Advances in the Metal Injection Moulding of Mg-Ca alloys for biomedical applications
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In the Current Issue
PIM: Statistical trends and forward forecasts for the industry
The PIM industry has come a long way since the early 1980s, when sales reports were first published.
In this exclusive report for PIM International, Prof Randall German presents a statistical review of industry trends, including both metal and ceramic injection moulding, and considers what the future prospects are for an industry that serves a diverse range of end-user markets and has evolved to have such striking regional variations.
Plus the following articles and extended news reports:
- Polymer Technologies Inc. looks to the aerospace industry for new PIM applications
- The processing and properties of Metal Injection Moulded Superalloys
- New atomisation technology produces fine amorphous metal powders
- New method for cost effective classification of ultrafine 316L stainless steel powders
- Moulding equipment for the processing of coarse powders by Metal Injection Moulding
- Processing of a low modulus Ti-Nb biomaterial by Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)
- Development of the Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis (USP) process for nanopowder production
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.