Metal Injection Molding
This article describes part selection, feedstock (powders and binders) characteristics and properties, tool design, and material and tooling for fabrication of metal powder injection molding (MIM) machines. It discusses the process parameters, operation sequence, molding machines, debinding techniques, consolidation (sintering) techniques, advantages, and limitations of MIM.
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.