MIM2023 shines light on injection moulding of metals, ceramics and carbides
March 17, 2023
Earlier this month, MIM2023, the International Conference on Injection Moulding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides took place in Costa Mesa, California, USA. Organised by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), the hybrid conference welcomed over 135 delegates, representing over seventy-five companies from thirteen countries.
The event opened with a keynote presentation on Industry 4.2 by Dr Diran Apelian, University of California, Irvine. The author described what he believed smart factories would look like and how connected supply chains will work, including the need for sustainable materials, advanced manufacturing, and how corporations will need to pivot from focusing on capital and capitalism, to investment in procuring and retaining talent.
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The keynote was followed by twenty-seven technical presentations. Additionally, twenty companies showcased their products and services during a tabletop exhibit, with many of the exhibitors showcasing the latest developments during the Technological Process & Product Innovations presentations.
The Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA) also provided six students with grants to attend the conference. Not only were the grant recipients given the opportunity to gain exposure to the MIM industry, but each provided a presentation on work at their universities.
This year’s grant recipients included:
- Hong Wank, Université de Franche-Comté, FEMTO-ST Institute, France
- Jin Wook Park, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Korea
- Julio Izquierdo, University of Louisville, United States
- Marina Valero, University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain
- Sihan Zhang, University of Louisville, United States
- Vahid Momeni, Institute of Polymer Processing of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria