This article commences with a discussion on the qualitative and quantitative criteria for metal injection molding (MIM), including production quantities, shape complexity, material performance, and cost. It discusses geometric factors, such as surface finish, component size, and mass range, which help to identify a component for MIM. The article describes certain part features, including holes, undercuts, and flat faces. It concludes with a discussion on the common materials used in MIM; tensile properties of 17-4 PH stainless steel MIM, cast and wrought products; and attributes of the MIM process.
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