May 8, 2019
Arcast Inc., Oxford, Maine, USA, reports that it has successfully produced a titanium superalloy powder with an as-atomised D50 of 20 µm, with nar...»
May 8, 2019
Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK, a powder flow specialist company, is set to host a free webinar titled; ‘Working with Powder...»
May 8, 2019
Sandvik AB, Stockholm, Sweden, is to initiate an internal separation of its business division Sandvik Materials Technology. The decision was made b...»
May 7, 2019
Mimete S.r.l., Osnago, Italy, a division of the Fomas Group, Osnago, Italy, has started to produce metal powders from its new and customised VIGA (...»
Understanding the evolution of materials and applications for Powder Injection Moulding, along with identifying trends and key technology drivers, can go some way towards helping us understand future opportunities for the industry.
Prof Randall German considers the growth of MIM and CIM from the technology’s early commercialisation to the recent boom in Asia on the back of the consumer electronics market. Opportunities to help sustain technology growth are presented, ranging from new materials to process innovations and applications.
In this article Jiupeng Song, Wei Wang, Binyou Yan and Xiangcao Jiang review recent developments in the MIM of tungsten (W), oxide dispersion strengthened tungsten (ODS-W), tungsten-rhenium (W-Re), tungsten copper (W-Cu) and tungsten heavy alloys (WHAs).
The production methods for MIM-grade powders with good flowability and sinterability are presented and the effects of powder characteristics, sintering and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) process parameters on density and microstructure for W and ODS-W are summarised.
For liquid phase sintering of W-Cu and WHAs, the powder type and sintering profiles, which are critical for material properties and surface conditions, are also discussed.
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.