The Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process allows for complex net-shape components from a variety of compositions. Cost in Metal Injection Molding depends on the material and several other factors, including the component mass, tooling complexity, mold cycle time, debinding and sintering times and other factors. MIM is most effective when the component has holes, slots, ribs, protrusions, and multiple features. Most MIM parts are small, complex, and thin walled, parts that are not easily produced by traditional machining or other fabrication processes.
The MIM strengths of complex shapes, smaller sizes, and large production volumes have found numerous applications in firearms, watches, hand tools, surgical tools, orthodontic brackets, automotive engine parts, electronic packages, cutting tools, and sporting devices.
MIM’s strengths and limiting factors to maximize your benefits: