The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has announced upcoming course dates for PM Life in 2019-20. PM Life is a training programme organised by a variety of partners in the European PM industry, which aims to provide lifelong learning in Powder Metallurgy.
PM Life delivers comprehensive training to participants, who have the choice of attending the full five-week course or picking specific modules which relate to their field of interest.
Each one-week course module will be hosted in a different venue across five European countries, offering participants a wide range of experience and contacts within the European Powder Metallurgy industry. An optional internship is also offered by PM Life, which can be undertaken in either a factory or university, so that participants can practice what they have learnt during the course in a working environment.
The PM life training programme is made up of the following modules:
Powder and Hardmetals
June 3-7 2019 – Gothenburg, Sweden
The Powder and Hardmetals module will provide a comprehensive overview of the fabrication and use of metal powder and hard metals. The module will cover both fundamental aspects of the technology and industrial practices, in sessions led by experts from academia, research and industry. The module will include lectures on metal powder fabrication and properties for press & sinter, Additive Manufacturing and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP).
Press and Sinter
June 17-21 2019 – Grenoble, France
The Press and Sinter module will go into both fundamental and practical facets of the conventional powder processing route comprising pressing and sintering operations. Sessions will be held on topics including modelling, the numerical design of parts and tools for pressing, pressing machines, material selection, types of sintering process, the mechanical properties of sintered steels and more. The module will also include laboratory work, team projects and a visit to a plant.
Hot Isostatic Pressing
Course details to be confirmed by the organisers
August 26-30 2019 – Dresden, Germany
The Additive Manufacturing module will begin with a general introduction to AM of metals, ceramics and polymers as well as the fundamental aspects of the industry. This will be followed by sessions covering Design for AM (DfAM), metal powders for AM, the types of AM technology and more, including lab visits and group workshops.
Metal Injection Moulding
September 9-13 2019 – Madrid, Spain
The Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) module will include both fundamental and practical aspects of Powder Injection Moulding (PIM) technology, from part and mould design, to powder and feed stock development, to debinding and sintering. The module will also include laboratory work, a plant tour and group presentations.
September – December 2019 – Various locations
The internship is designed provide the participant with the real life experience to use the knowledge they have gained during PM Life. Internship partners include:
- Chalmers University
- Eramet Research
- Fraunhofer IFAM
- Grenoble INP
- Höganäs AB
- HUB Innovazione Trentino SCARL
- Linde AG
- Montanuniversitaet Leoben
- Politechnico di Torino
- Rio Tinto QMP
- Trento University
The EPMA is the acting point of contact for enquiries regarding the course and for registration. Further information and course details are available via the PM Life website,