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Metal Injection Molding

A Quick Look at Metal Injection Molding

Our metal injection molding (MIM) combines the best characteristics of plastic injection molding and powder metallurgy to produce superior metal components with versatile mechanical and magnetic properties.

The MIM process is ideal for producing medium and high-volume components with tight tolerances and unique geometries. It does this by mixing finely powdered metal with binder material to create a feedstock that is then shaped and solidified into its final form.

MIM technology is great for giving you freedom of design combined with flexibility in your material choice. This has made it perfect for several industries.

Metal Injection Molding Markets Served

Medical & Dental

 

Aerospace
& Aviation

Firearms

 

Consumer & Industrial


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Medical & Dental

When it comes to the medical and dental industries, it’s hard to find another manufacturing technology (other than MIM) that can use the ultra-specific materials they need, making MIM a perfect fit to serve the medical industry.

The broad spectrum of materials that can be processed, from stainless steels through super-alloys, combined with intricate shaping capabilities and fully dense part matrices provide cost-effective solutions to incredibly demanding component requirements.

We're currently committed to and working on obtaining a Medical Device certification (ISO 13485) to further serve this industry.

Aerospace & Aviation

Continued development and introduction of new MIM materials, particularly in the area of superalloys, provides exciting new options for Aerospace design engineers.

Inherent cost advantage in the processing of highly complex shapes makes MIM a preferred choice of sourcing specialists in the pursuit of cost optimization over competing metal-forming technologies.

Traditionally thought of primarily as a source for engine components, MIM products are now commonly found in doors, seats, and table tray mechanisms.

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Consumer & Industrial

Some of the most significant applications of MIM technology can be found in products we encounter in our everyday lives.

Hand tools, power tools, small electric motors, eyeglasses, locks, and lock mechanisms are just a few examples where MIM components are prevalent.

The capability to provide high production volumes at a lower relative cost has made MIM a preferred technology solution for consumer and industrial markets.

MIM’s fundamental advantage - the ability to provide near full density complex shapes while generally eliminating the need for secondary machining operations – allows customers of MIM technology to optimize their product designs for both utility and cost. 

Firearms

The firearms industry has been relying on MIM technology for years. Nowadays, there are several components made almost exclusively using MIM technology:

  • Trigger mechanisms
  • Triggers
  • Frames
  • Slides
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MIM Materials

Our MIM material specialists can help you select the best materials for your project’s specific needs. Already have one in mind? No problem! Take a look at our list of materials below to see its specifications:

Get Started With MIM Today

MIM technology gives you freedom of design combined with flexibility in your material choice. Think it may be a fit for your application? Let's find out!