May 21, 2020
Triditive, Gijón, Spain, will open a 1,700 m2 factory in Siero, Spain, for the production of its AMCell Additive Manufacturing machines. The facto...»
May 21, 2020
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann, Director of The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies (IAPT) is to step down from...»
May 20, 2020
Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, will co-host an interactive webcast with Materials Solutions Ltd, a Siemens business based in Worcest...»
May 19, 2020
Abbott Furnace Company, an industrial furnace manufacturer located in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, USA, has received an order for a steam treat furn...»
May 15, 2020
The ExOne Company, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, has launched a new #MakeMetalGreen social media campaign in order to educate manufacturers ...»
May 14, 2020
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the organiser of Formnext, reports that it still expects the event scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, from...»
May 14, 2020
Carpenter Technology Corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, has stated it plans to idle two of its US-based metal powder pr...»
May 13, 2020
The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, the American Powder Metallurgy Institute, have launched a series of complimen...»
Despite a broad economic slowdown, manufacturing in China is transitioning to an innovation-driven model. The country’s Metal Injection Moulding industry has grown rapidly with the demand for high-performance products; currently, over four hundred Chinese MIM companies are active, producing a range of small, complex parts.
New production equipment is also constantly emerging and a number of research institutions have invested in this field, further promoting the development of the industry.
Prof Yimin Li, of China’s State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy and Research Centre for Materials Science and Engineering, along with associates, reviews the markets, application fields, technology and research status of the MIM industry in China.
To overcome the limitations of currently available Additive Manufacturing technologies for metals, sinter-based AM methods are seeing increasing attention for the single-piece and small- to medium-scale production of precision parts.
Current development efforts are concentrated on Material Extrusion, Binder Jetting and Vat Photopolymerisation, which may also have potential to open up the closely related Metal Injection Moulding market for smaller quantity production runs. This is particularly the case in applications where the amortisation of MIM tooling costs is a commercial issue.
Prof Dr Carlo Burkhardt presents an overview of how these technologies work and highlights their current strengths and weaknesses.
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.