Powder Metal Injection Molding Manufacturing

What is powdered metal injection molding?  Metal Injection Molding (MIM), sometimes called Powdered Injection Molding (PIM), is an advance metal forming technique that uses injection molding equipment for manufacturing both simple and complex metal parts to tight tolerances.  Although MIM can be utilized across a wide range of components, the best applications are typically small in overall size and less than 100 grams in weight.  The process can replace other metal forming techniques such as investment casting and machining.  Advantages of metal injection molding include:

  • High complexity shape capability
  • More efficient use of material and processes
  • Less material waste
  • Repeatability
  • Excellent mechanical properties
  • Lower overall product cost
  • Tailored solutions using unique materials
  • NetShape materials can be brazed/joined to a variety of components for complete assembly solutions

NetShape Technologies is a world-wide company offering powdered metal injection molding.  Industries of all kinds rely on us to produce a broad range of shapes and complexities using many different alloys. 

Key Attributes:

  • MIM is a repeatable process for complex components made from high-temperature alloys.
  • MIM parts are near fully dense, which gives excellent mechanical, magnetic, corrosion and hermetic sealing properties, and allows secondary operations like plating, heat treating, and machining to be easily performed.
  • The shrinkage from molded parts to sintered parts is high (14-18%) but isotropic and controllable.
  • Complex shapes are achieved through tooling techniques used in the plastic injection molding industry. High volumes are attained through multi-cavity tooling.

The Metal Injection Molding (MIM) materials NetShape works with include all standard alloys, plus application-specific alloys upon request.  As part of our Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process, we offer low-cost prototyping, an experienced process and metallurgical team, and tool transfers from other MIM producers.  We are ISO 9001:2008 registered and support JIT and Kanban programs.

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