PIM International, Vol. 13 No. 3 September 2019

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The 104-page September 2019 issue of Powder Injection Moulding International (Vol. 13 No. 3) features 55 pages of industry news, plus the following articles and technical reviews:

Metal Injection Moulding: Celebrating forty years of innovation

Forty years ago, in 1979, Metal Injection Moulding arrived on the global stage thanks to two groundbreaking award-winning components from the technology’s pioneer, Parmatech Corp. Since then, the industry has gone from strength-to-strength, with MIM parts used in a highly diverse range of applications that we all rely on – often unknowingly – on a daily basis.

These range from automotive, watch, smartphone and consumer electronics applications, to firearms, cutting tools, precision surgical devices and high-temperature jet engine components. PIM International’s Nick Williams reports on the industry’s evolution and highlights a number of ‘milestone’ applications.

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Metal Injection Moulding: An alternative manufacturing process for aerospace applications?

The aerospace sector has long been recognised as an important potential market for the Metal Injection Moulding industry. However, extended application development cycles, combined with a lack of fundamental process understanding and rigorous validation requirements have, until now, held back the technology.

In the following article, Rolls-Royce’s Enrico Daenicke and Schunk Sintermetalltechnik GmbH’s Ingolf Langer report on the development of a new generation of high-performance MIM components that are now flying in Rolls-Royce aero engines: IN713LC superalloy stator vanes.

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Successful high-volume part production with HP Metal Jet 3D Printing: A guide for MIM professionals

While commercial plastic Additive Manufacturing has been a reality for nearly thirty years, metal Additive Manufacturing is largely still in its infancy despite the technology existing for nearly two decades. This is due to the difficulty of using metal Additive Manufacturing to produce cost-effective parts to the high quality and high volumes necessary to make it attractive for broader applications.

With its Metal Jet system, HP Inc. hopes to change this, making the technology accessible to industry. In this article, HP’s Uday Yadati explains how the Metal Jet system can bring further success for MIM producers.

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The effect of sintering conditions on magnetic and phase characteristics of X15 CrMnMoN 17-11-3 MIM
nickel-free stainless steel

There is a growing market demand for non-magnetic stainless steel components, in particular from the consumer electronics industry, that can be processed by Metal Injection Moulding. The stainless steel alloy X15 CrMnMoN 17-11-3 (also known as P.A.N.A.C.E.A. by users of BASF SE’s Catamold®) is one widely known option; however, when using this material, abnormal ferromagnetism can occur as a result of improper sintering profile design.

Here, Dr Shin Lee and Shu-Hsu Hsieh, Chenming Mold Ind. Corp. (UNEEC), Taiwan, consider the root cause for this correlation between sintering parameters and final abnormal magnetic property.

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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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