How to select a MIM supplier?

With the development of increasingly smaller metal parts comes the challenge of identifying the best supplier and manufacturing method to meet extremely tight tolerances. Complex components with millimeter-sized features are pushing the limits of traditional casting and machining methods. As tolerances become tighter, investment casting is less consistent and supplier costs increase. Suppliers understand that metal […]

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Forged? Cast? MIM? Stamped?

There have been a lot of customers asking about the various manufacturing methods of metals used for metal parts. A lot of the resulting replies have been biased or incorrect regarding the materials, so I’ll try to describe the various types to the best of my ability. FORGED: Forgings are made from bar stock which […]

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Comparisons of Four Major Processes

There is a place for each of the traditional metal-forming processes: each has its own strong suits as well as its limitations. But wherever a component fabrication choice exists between MIM(Metal Injection Molding) and one or more of the other processes, it pays to see how they stack up in a head-to-head comparison. The following […]

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What are MIM Parts?

MIM parts mean those metal parts made by metal injection molding process. MIM is just another metalworking method, like forging and casting. Compared to those well-established metalworking methods, MIM usually performs better when producing small size, complex shapes metal components in large quantities. MIM parts make use of wide ranges of materials such as varieties of stainless steel, […]

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Design Considerations for Metal Injection Molding

Metal injection molding (MIM) produces relatively small, complex, net or near-net parts which can include features such as holes, radii, logos, and text. Moreover, MIM can make such parts for half the cost of CNC machining or investment casting. Better yet, MIM allows the consolidation of multiple components into a single design, eliminating the need […]

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Injection Molding Simplifies Complex Metal Parts

Metal injection molding allows designers to combine numerous complex features into single parts, reducing the need for assembly, secondary machining, or surface finishing operations. Picture trying to assemble a handful of tiny metal parts into an assembly that fits inside a golf ball, or keeping 0.003 in./in. tolerances while machining tiny spiral bevel gears. Imagine […]

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State of the PM Industry in North America—2018

The powder metallurgy (PM) industry gained in 2017. Metal powder shipments grew modestly. PM tooling and equipment makers reported favorable business levels as well. So did companies producing metal injection molding (MIM) parts. Metal additive manufacturing (AM) the new “cool” in metal component manufacturing continues grabbing headlines internationally. Metal Powder Shipments & Trends Manufacturers of […]

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What is Metal Injection Molding?

What is Metal Injection Molding?   What is metal injection molding (MIM)? Metal Injection Molding is a complex metalworking process whereby finely powdered metal (less than 20 µm) would be mixed with a binding material of measured proportion to be the feed-stock by which it is fed into an injection molding machine to create the components […]

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Powder Injection Molding Market: 2014 – 2020

Powder injection molding is an industrial manufacturing solution for producing alloy, metal, and ceramic parts. This process is widely used on account of its advantages, such as cleaner product output over other processes. The powder injection molding market is likely to grow with double digit CAGR over the entire forecast period. In addition, it is […]

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