Call HPM on 0115 939 0719

Metals

Market: Media

A small complex component used in a lock mechanism. Made from 17-4PH for maximum strength in a corrosion-resistant steel. High dimensional accuracy is essential to prevent damage to expensive media equipment.

an example of a small complex component used in a lock mechanism
Right Shadow
Market: Surgical Instruments

Long thin-wall tube structures present no issues to MIM. This 316L Stainless Steel part incorporates many complex features that would be impossible to produce in volume by conventional metal-working techniques.

Stainless Steel
						part incorporates many complex features
Right Shadow
Market: Automotive

This vehicle exhaust flange is moulded from 17-4PH Stainless Steel, offering maximum strength at elevated temperatures and anti-corrosion properties. It replaces an expensive 2-piece welded assembly. It incorporates weight reducing features, an important benefit offered by MIM.

vehicle exhaust flange moulded from 17-4PH Stainless Steel
Right Shadow
Market: Instruments/Analysers

A direct replacement for a plastic moulding, retaining all of the complexity of the original design but now performing as only a metal can. 316L Stainless Steel was chosen for maximum corrosion resistance. A typical example of plastic-to-metal transfer using the MIM process.

A typical example of plastic-to-metal
						transfer using the MIM process
Right Shadow
Market: Medical Devices

Creating organic shapes in metal is what MIM is all about. These items are part of a hand held device that must feel right to the user. The shape and feel is important and this is where MIM comes into its own. The shape-forming ability of MIM materials is as flexible as your designer can dream up.

These items are part
						of a hand held device that must feel right to the user.
Right Shadow

Metal Injection Moulding

Bringing together two established manufacturing processes, ‘Metal Sintering’ and ‘Injection Moulding’, has resulted in an exciting new manufacturing process called ‘Metal Injection Moulding’ (MIM).

Our MIM facility allows us to supply you with medium and large quantities of complex metal parts at very competitive prices. These are moulded and sintered metal components with properties near to wrought material; typically >98% density is achieved. Parts can be further enhanced by polishing, plating, heat treating, painting, whatever you would have done with a machined component.

The MIM process is geared to producing close tolerance complex items, in a wide range of metal materials. Stainless and non-stainless steels are available, also steel alloys and nickel-ferrous grades. Tool steels and hardenable steels are also available. All these materials are processed in exactly the same way, resulting in finished parts with properties similar or superior to machined or cast parts.

Components are usually manufactured ‘ready for use’, finished to drawing with no addition machining or finishing required. Tight tolerances are achievable, with complex features being ‘moulded in’ as they would be in a plastic moulding. Indeed, the most cost effective MIM part is often the most complex.

The key to making this process work for you is to design your part the same way as you would for plastics. Incorporating as many features and as much functionality into the part as you can, often combining a number of components into one functional design. Utilising the strength of metal linked to the shape forming of plastic.

Because the shape-forming is injection moulding most designers can readily grasp the potential of MIM. The opportunity to incorporate pleasing and aesthetic organic shapes into your designs can often set your product apart from your competitor.  A definite marketing advantage.

Call us today for more information about Metal Injection Moulding and how it could help your company.

Related Links

Plastics

Prototype & Development

Assembly & Testing