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Metal Injection Moulding in China: Market opportunities and research activities

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.

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A beginner’s guide to three leading sinter-based metal Additive Manufacturing technologies

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.

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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, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news section, this 112-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • Metal Injection Moulding in China: Market opportunities and research activities
  • A beginner’s guide to three leading sinter-based metal Additive Manufacturing technologies
  • MIM superalloys: The effect of lower-cost nitrogen atomisation on properties of sintered IN713C
  • Euro PM2019: Innovations in Powder Injection Moulding process simulation and control
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