MIM advantages

Almost any high melting point ferrous metal that can be produced in a suitable powder form can be processed by MIM. MIM offers the following benefits:

  • cost savings
  • good dimensional control with close tolerances of +/- 0.5%
  • complex shape production, eliminating or minimizes machining
  • wide range of alloys and composites
  • cost efficient for moderate-to-high production volume
  • high material density and strength
  • design flexibility
  • surface finishes production

MIM technology combines the shape making capabilities of plastic injection molding with the material flexibility of powder metallurgy. Taking advantage of unique process capabilities, it allows the combining of two or more components into one complex geometry or co-molding and bonding dissimilar materials.

Combining fine metal powders with a "binder" system, components are injection molded, de-bound and sintered, resulting in high-density, complex, precisely-shaped parts exhibiting properties approaching that of wrought material. Alloy and stainless steel, as well as other non-ferrous alloys such as titanium, are common materials for MIM.