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The September 2018 issue of Powder Injection Moulding International has been released and is now available to read for free in our online viewer or download in pdf format. This 116-page issue includes 60 pages of industry news, plus the following in-depth 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This article presents a comprehensive review of selected conference papers in these categories.