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Low-Pressure Powder Injection Moulding: Enabling cost-effective low and high-volume production

The vast majority of metal and ceramic injection moulded parts are today produced on high-pressure injection moulding machines, operating at up to 200 MPa. However, Low-Pressure Powder Injection Moulding (LPIM), using pressures of up to 1 MPa, has been a focus of international development for a number of years.

LPIM is now enjoying commercial success, driven partly by its ability to produce components at both low and high volumes, many of which are larger than can be produced by conventional PIM. Prof Vincent Demers outlines the current status of the technology and highlights the key technical differences between LPIM and conventional PIM.

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Lithoz: How Lithography-based Ceramic AM is expanding the opportunities for technical ceramics

The impact of Additive Manufacturing is today being felt far beyond the metal and plastics industry. This is particularly true in the world of technical ceramics, where processes such as Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing are opening up markets for new applications but also supporting technologies such as Ceramic Injection Moulding through the delivery of functional prototypes.

In the following report, Isabel Potestio, from Austria’s Lithoz GmbH, reviews the process, its parallels with CIM, and the opportunities that it presents for the ceramics industry.

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

As well as an extensive MIM and CIM industry news section, this 104-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • Metal Injection Moulding: Celebrating forty years of innovation
  • Metal Injection Moulding: An alternative manufacturing process for aerospace applications?
  • Successful high-volume part production with HP Metal Jet 3D Printing: A guide for MIM professionals
  • The effect of sintering conditions on magnetic and phase characteristics of X15 CrMnMoN 17-11-3 MIM nickel-free stainless steel
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