Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) is a rapidly advancing and changing metal forming technology capable of producing highly complex shaped components from a wide range of metal and alloy powders. With double-digit global MIM industry growth over the past decade the technology now find applications over a broad spectrum of end-user sectors rang ing from medical, dental, electrical and electronic to automotive and aerospace.
With the many variations of MIM manufacturing technology available today, and the wide range of powder materials that have helped MIM to commercial success, it is timely and opportune to see the publication of a new and up-to-date reference book.
Donald F. Heaney, the book’s editor is a leading figure in the North American MIM industry and as President and CEO of Advanced Powder Products, Inc., Philipsburg, PA, and Director of the Center for Innovative Sintered Products at the Pennsylvania State University, he is in a good position to bring together the viewpoints and inputs from leading MIM experts from around the world.
Heaney has divided the 586 page book into four main sections which are prefaced by a comprehensive market review outlining growth in the global MIM industry. Part one of the main section of the book is a comprehensive review on ‘Processing’ which includes key criteria for designing MIM components, the manufacture and characterisation of metal and alloy powders used in MIM, MIM tooling and the essentials of the powder injection moulding process. Also covered in this section are debinding and sintering.
Part two covers the characterisation of MIM feedstock, modelling and simulation of the MIM process, the qualification of MIM parts, common defects found in different stages of the manufacturing process, and the important issue of the control of carbon content in MIM processing.
Part three of the book includes contributions from industry experts on microMIM, 2-material and 2-colour PIM, and micro-porous MIM. Part four is devoted to specific material types used to produce MIM parts such as stainless steels, titanium, thermal management materials for electronics, soft magnetic materials, high-speed tool steels, and MIM of heavy metals, refractory metals and hard materials.
The new book will be a most useful reference tool for MIM researchers, producers and end-users alike.
‘Handbook of Metal Injection Molding’, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, UK. June 2012, 586 pages. £170 ($290). Edited by Donald F. Heaney.