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Element 22: A leader in titanium MIM leverages its expertise to advance sinter-based Ti Additive Manufacturing

The production of titanium components by powder-based processes requires specialist knowledge and in-depth expertise in the handling and, in particular, the debinding and sintering of this highly reactive metal.

Element 22 GmbH is a global leader in the Metal Injection Moulding of titanium and its alloys, and a growing focus of the company’s development activities is sinter-based Additive Manufacturing.

Dr Georg Schlieper visited the company on behalf of PIM International and reports on the current state of production and the company’s future ambitions.

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Digitising part production:
A new approach to creating unique part IDs for MIM components

Terms such as Industry 4.0 and the Digital Twin trace back to the growing trend to digitise industrial processes. Modern production equipment delivers a huge quantity of process data, and the continuous analysis and correlation of these data could result in process stability improvements, less scrap and enhanced traceability. For such advances to be applied to MIM production, the permanent surface marking of each part with a unique ID is required.

In this article, Prof Dr-Ing Frank Petzoldt and Lutz Kramer, from Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, Germany, report on the development of a process that offers a cost-effective solution to what currently poses a significant technical challenge.

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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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Read the latest issue of PIM International

The latest issue of PIM International magazine is available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive MIM, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news section, this 116-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • The evolution of MIM at Matrix: From transforming the production of eyewear components to luxury goods and beyond
  • Desktop Metal’s Live Sinter™: How simulation software is mitigating sintering distortion
  • High-Cycle Fatigue response of MIM 8620 and 100Cr6 steels and their sensitivity to mean stress, notch sharpness and weld line position
  • Perspectives on extrusion-based metal Additive Manufacturing: From bionic design to hollow structures and foams
  • How on-site gas generation supports the integration of sintering facilities into MIM and sinter-based AM operations
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