Metal Injection Molding: A dynamic global industry

Powder Injection Molding, which encompasses Metal Injection Molding and Ceramic Injection Moulding, is a major manufacturing technology with estimated sales in excess of $2 billion a year and growing.

Metal Injection Molded parts production accounts for around 90% of the total market for PIM products, which continues to see annual growth of between 10-20% worldwide. Ceramic Injection Molded components account for the balance, along with tungsten carbides.

Powder Injection Molding is a truly global business, with more than 500 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.

> Next page: The Metal Injection Molding process

 

Industry News

Read the latest issue of PIM International

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 116-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • The evolution of MIM at Matrix: From transforming the production of eyewear components to luxury goods and beyond
  • Desktop Metal’s Live Sinter™: How simulation software is mitigating sintering distortion
  • High-Cycle Fatigue response of MIM 8620 and 100Cr6 steels and their sensitivity to mean stress, notch sharpness and weld line position
  • Perspectives on extrusion-based metal Additive Manufacturing: From bionic design to hollow structures and foams
  • How on-site gas generation supports the integration of sintering facilities into MIM and sinter-based AM operations
  • > Go to magazine page

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