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In addition to 40+ pages of news from the metal and ceramic injection moulding industry, the 92 page June 2017 issue of Powder Injection Moulding International (Vol.11 No.2) includes the following articles and special features:
Metal Injection Moulding in Asia: A story of continuing success for the world’s largest MIM region
The MIM industry in Asia is the world’s largest, whether considered in terms of number of parts produced, sales turnover or production volume. China alone is reported to offer half of the world’s installed MIM capacity, with production predominantly focused on 3C applications.
In this report, Dr Paul A Davies, Sandvik Osprey Ltd, provides an overview of the evolution of the region’s MIM industry from a powder producer’s perspective. With selected application examples and data from the recent APMA 2017 conference, the report offers insights into the drivers for growth and how these have stimulated continued investment in capacity.
Ceramic Injection Moulding: Baselworld 2017 sees luxury watch brands launch new offerings
Baselword 2017, held in Basel, Switzerland, from March 23-30, was the 100th anniversary of this, the most important marketplace for the global watch and jewellery industries.
Over 106,000 visitors came to see the latest collections from the crème de la crème in watchmaking, including the most recent offerings in watches using Ceramic Injection Moulded cases, bezels and bracelet parts. Bernard Williams reports on some of the launches from leading players.
Titanium MIM moves into the mainstream with plasma atomised powders from AP&C
When it was announced earlier this year that Canada’s AP&C, a GE Additive Company, had received an order for 30 tons of plasma atomised titanium powder for a Metal Injection Moulding application, it became clear that titanium MIM had reached the mainstream.
In the following article AP&C explains the attraction of MIM for titanium components, outlines the company’s plasma atomisation process and presents its growing range of products specifically suited to the MIM process.
APMA 2017: MIM strengthens its competitiveness with novel technologies and new applications
Advances in MIM applications, materials and processing featured prominently at APMA 2017, the 4th International Conference on Powder Metallurgy in Asia, held in Taiwan, April 9-11 2017.
In this report Prof Jai-Sung Lee, Hanyang University ERICA, focuses on developments which will strengthen the competitiveness of MIM and broaden its applications. These include the MIM of an innovative IGBT cold plate, a modified PEG/PMMA binder system for Ti-MIM, the simulation of surface defects and advances in the Catamold® feedstock system for new applications in the consumer electronics sector.
Prototyping for Metal Injection Moulding: 3DEO’s AM solution matches the density and chemistry of MIM parts
The nature of Metal Injection Moulding technology means that creating functional prototypes that match the density and chemistry of the final parts can be both expensive and time consuming, whilst machined or AM alternatives simply do not allow for a realistic assessment of how a component will function.
In the following article 3DEO’s Matt Sand presents a new service that promises to deliver prototype and low to medium volume runs of components that match the performance of MIM parts.
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