PIM International, Vol. 12 No. 3 September 2018


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The 116-page September 2018 issue of Powder Injection Moulding International (Vol. 12 No. 3) features 60 pages of industry news, plus the following articles and technical reviews:


Design for Metal Injection Moulding: Ten rules to save time, reduce costs and improve quality

Developing a component for a new manufacturing process can be a daunting prospect. It is in any business’s nature to be cautious of change and to minimise risk; however, any successful business must also recognise when an opportunity is too good to ignore.

It is the latter that has driven such dramatic growth in the global MIM industry over the last decade. For those who are just at the point of discovering this technology, Matt Bulger reveals the ten key rules for MIM success, as observed in his nearly three decades as a developer and manufacturer of MIM components.

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The future of Powder Injection Moulding: Innovations and opportunities at Arburg’s second PIM conference

Earlier this summer PIM industry leaders from around the world came together in Lossburg, Germany, for Arburg GmbH + Co KG’s second International PIM conference.

The event, which took place five years after the company’s inaugural PIM conference, had the goal of exploring the future of metal and ceramic injection moulding through two days of presentations by parts manufacturers, materials suppliers, equipment producers and
researchers. Dr Georg Schlieper reports on the event for PIM International.

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Ultrafuse 316LX: BASF’s ‘Catamold® on a spool’ presents opportunities for MIM producers

BASF SE’s Catamold® feedstock is synonymous with the high volume production of components by Metal Injection Moulding and the product’s launch, more than thirty years ago, was the catalyst for the industry’s global growth.

Today, BASF has adapted this technology for metal Additive Manufacturing via Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). This technology offers the company’s existing MIM customers a low-investment route into metal AM, whether for prototyping or the development of entirely new applications.

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A review of the sintering behaviour of selected tool steels processed by MIM

MIM is a natural choice of fabrication method for complex parts in materials that are difficult to machine. Tool steels are one such class of material with significant potential applications growth, both for the MIM industry and for MIM-like Additive Manufacturing processes.

In this study, Martin Kearns and colleagues from Sandvik Osprey review the sintering behaviour of popular tool steels such as D2 and M2, and present fresh data on a range of other tool steels, some made via both prealloy and master alloy routes. Materials investigated include AISI8620 and tool steels H11, H13, S7 and high carbon, high speed steel, T15, all sintered in nitrogen.

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POWDERMET2018: The influence of material characteristics on the processing and properties of PIM parts

A number of the papers presented during the technical sessions at the POWDERMET2018 conference, organised by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and held in San Antonio, Texas, June 17-20, 2018, addressed issues related to achievable properties and the influence of feedstock characteristics on the processing of Powder Injection
Moulded products.

This article presents a comprehensive review of selected conference papers in these categories.

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

  • Global Markets for Metal Injection Moulding: Data and insight from World PM2022 and beyond
  • HP Metal Jet: Growing momentum and new applications as Binder Jetting comes of age
  • Sintex: Exploring the full flexibility of metal powder-based processes for corrosion-resistant applications
  • Tritone’s MoldJet: The definition-defying AM technology advancing steadily toward commercialisation
  • The metal powder-based processing of titanium: MIM and AM-related highlights from the PMTi2022 conference
  • Opening the door to MIM parts: A case study on the conversion of die cast door hinges

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