Metal Injection Molding: A dynamic global industry

Powder Injection Molding (PIM), which encompasses Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM), is a major manufacturing technology with sales estimated to be approaching $5 billion a year.

Metal Injection Molded parts production accounts for around 90% of the total market for PIM products, which continues to see annual growth worldwide. Ceramic Injection Molded components account for the balance, along with cemented carbides.

Powder Injection Molding is a truly global business, with many hundreds of parts producers worldwide. According to recent data, Asia is the world’s largest PIM producing region by sales, followed by Europe and North America.

Applications for Metal Injection Molding

Many objects we encounter in everyday life such as cars, smartphones, watches, medical devices, domestic appliances, cameras and power tools contain Metal Injection Molded parts.

So many applications for Metal Injection Molding have been published to-date that it is impossible to give a comprehensive overview, but a number of application examples are provided later in this review that demonstrate the strengths and potential of this technology.

Regional market variations

The differences in markets for Metal Injection Molding by world region is quite distinct with, in general terms, Asia dominated by consumer electronics, North America by medical, orthodontic and firearms applications, and Europe by automotive and consumer products.

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In the latest issue of PIM International…

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

  • Calling all product designers: Discover what Metal Injection Moulding could do for you through these award-winning parts
  • Binder Jetting of a dual-phase steel: Process insight and optimisation using the Master Sintering Curve
  • The rise of filament-based metal AM: New materials and machines present opportunities for MIM producers
  • Sinter-based Additive Manufacturing at the 20th Plansee Seminar on Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
  • Ceramitec 2022: Opportunities abound for producers of technical ceramics by CIM and AM

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