Cost saving bone-fracture fixation plates by Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)

December 10, 2010

Dr Mohd Afian Omar, from the  SIRIM Berhad research centre in Malaysia, reports that a cost effective method of producing fracture fixation plates has been developed using the metal injection moulding process (MIM).


MIM fracture fixation plates produced

by SIRIM Berhad, Malaysia

Fracture Fixation Plates are devices used to stabilise a fractured bone, enabling fast healing and a quicker return to mobility for the patient. Wires, pins, screws, plates, nails and plates are some of the internal fixation devices generically referred to as fracture fixation devices. The fracture fixation plates have been in use since the 1950s and they are mostly made of stainless steel and occasionally, less strong but biologically superior and more elastic titanium fixation implants.

Conventionally, fracture fixation plates are made by casting, forging or machining. Despite having been in use for decades, the conventional method of production has several drawbacks, thus the need for improvement. The primary concern has been the risk of corrosion of the implants caused by the inhomogenity in cast parts. Moreover, the process has limitations as it is not suitable for high melting point materials. Another weakness in this processing system is the high capital costs required especially for the forging equipment.

Dr Afian’s states that using the MIM process counters the shortcomings of the conventional method of producing the metal plates. MIM has several proven benefits as well as being cost effective. This research now is in pre-commercialisation stage with the collaboration between SIRIM Berhad, the Medical Faculty of International Islamic University Malaysia and True Mission Sdn Bhd under the Technofund grant from the government of Malaysia.

For more information contact Dr Mohd Afian Omar, [email protected]

In the latest issue of PIM International…

Download PDF

Extensive MIM, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news, plus the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • Visottica Group: Integrated workflows and the value of Metal Injection Moulding in eyewear and beyond
  • In MIM’s post-smartphone era, where is China’s Metal Injection Moulding industry going?
  • Ceramic AM at scale: The story of how Steinbach AG scaled production to 12,000 parts a year for Da Vinci Surgical Systems
  • MIM F75 (Co-Cr-Mo) for high-volume production: The impact of sintering conditions on microstructure and properties
  • World PM2022: Research into the Binder Jetting of aluminium, Ni-free stainless steel, hardmetals and metallic glass

The latest news from the MIM, CIM and sinter-based AM industries

Don't miss any new issue of PIM International, and stay up to date with the latest industry news. Sign up to our fortnightly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

News from the industry…

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free-to-access PIM International magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of MIM, CIM and sinter-based AM from a commercial and technological perspective through:

    • Reports on visits to leading part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news

    All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.


    Browse the archive


    Looking for suppliers of materials, production equipment and finished MIM, CIM or sinter-based AM parts?

    Discover suppliers of these and more in our advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PIM International.

    • Metal powders
    • MIM, CIM & AM parts producers
    • Binders & feedstocks
    • Feedstock mixers
    • Furnaces & furnace supplies
    • Atmospheres & gas generation
    • HIP systems & services
    • Injection moulding machines
    • AM technology
    • Debinding systems
    Download PDF
    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap