Demcon MIM and Tailorlux integrate security tracing into MIM parts for luxury goods

April 11, 2022

Optical fingerprinting can be seamlessly integrated in the Metal Injection Moulding process at Demcon MIM. These samples were produced from 316L stainless steel by moulding the proprietary feedstock mixed with Tailorlux’s marker particles (Courtesy Demcon MIM)
Optical fingerprinting can be seamlessly integrated in the Metal Injection Moulding process at Demcon MIM. These samples were produced from 316L stainless steel by moulding the proprietary feedstock mixed with Tailorlux’s marker particles (Courtesy Demcon MIM)

Metal Injection Moulding is a manufacturing process that is widely used for the production of components for luxury goods, from watch cases to the decorative logos for exclusive leather goods. For these products, the value of technologies for counterfeit prevention, quality control or identification for recycling purposes is very high.

Demcon Metal Injection Moulding, Enschede, the Netherlands, has developed an innovative solution with Germany’s Tailorlux GmbH that enables the integration of unique optical fingerprint technology into MIM feedstocks.

The process involves embedding Tailorlux’s customised fluorescent particles in the MIM feedstock. This enables an efficient, one-step process and the fluorescent particles remain detectable even after debinding and sintering, and remain active regardless of any wear to the product.

Details of the technology were recently published in PIM International magazine. “From an economic perspective, adding the markers to MIM feedstock only leads to a minor cost increase for MIM products, which will certainly not be significant in cases where counterfeiting poses major challenges or where a higher degree of security is required,” stated Dr Erik Dietrich, Applied research engineer at Demcon Metal Injection Moulding.

The full article can be read in the Spring 2022 issue of PIM International (Vol. 16 No 1)

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Optical fingerprinting can be seamlessly integrated in the Metal Injection Moulding process at Demcon MIM. These samples were produced from 316L stainless steel by moulding the proprietary feedstock mixed with Tailorlux’s marker particles (Courtesy Demcon MIM)

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