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Frank Petzoldt on the past, present and future of Metal Injection Moulding technology

There can be few people in Europe’s MIM industry, if not further afield, who are unaware of Prof Dr Frank Petzoldt’s contribution to the development and promotion of the technology over more than three decades.

Following his recent retirement from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, Bremen, Germany, Dr Petzoldt spoke with Dr Georg Schlieper about the past, present and future of MIM technology and shares his insight into the industry in both Europe and worldwide.

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Saturation in metal Binder Jetting: Simple in principle, complicated in practice?

 

As metal Binder Jetting (BJT) transitions from a technology for the future to a technology for now – and one that is increasingly being installed at Metal Injection Moulding producers around the world – one of the basics of the process that we can no longer avoid getting to grips with is saturation.

In this article, longtime metal Binder Jetting expert Dan Brunermer, from technology consultancy B-jetting LLC, explains saturation and how to measure it, considers voxels and DPI, and finally presents control options and how choices in controls affect saturation. 

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Powder Injection Molding:
A revolution in manufacturing 

Metal Injection Molding: PIM International, the industry magazine
Metal Injection Molded Ti-6Al-4V parts used in the adjustment system of a knee rehabilitation device (Courtesy Silcon Plastic, Italy)

Powder Injection Molding (PIM), comprising Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM), is an advanced manufacturing technology for the production of precise, high volume, net-shape components.

Whilst many design engineers remain unaware of the potential of this technology, Powder Injection Molding is today a global industry with annual sales in excess of $2 billion and strong growth rates.

To discover more about how the technology has revolutionised component production, browse our Introduction to Metal Injection Molding. You can also download past issues of PIM International magazine in PDF format from our archive, offering insight into the technology and its applications.

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In the latest issue of PIM International…

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Extensive MIM, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news, plus the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • Frank Petzoldt on the past, present and future of MIM
  • Saturation in metal Binder Jetting
  • Insights from the 2022 International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides
  • Additive Manufacturing at CeramTec
  • The carbon footprint of injection moulding machines
  • Calculating the sintering shrinkage of MIM parts

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