Opportunities for PM highlighted in Special Interest Programs at POWDERMET2018

June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018

Opportunities for PM highlighted in Special Interest Programs at POWDERMET2018

POWDERMET2018 is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas


Organised by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), POWDERMET2018, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, is set to take place from June 17-20, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, USA.

The event will include an international exhibition focused on the Powder Metallurgy, Powder Injection Moulding, particulate materials and metal Additive Manufacturing industries, as well as a technical programme of presentations addressing recent advances across the full spectrum of Powder Metallurgy and materials technologies.

During the event, thirty PM industry experts have been invited to present in Special Interest Programs. This year’s Special Interest Programs include:


Advancements for High-Density PM Components

As the demand for high-performance PM applications grows, advancements in high-density component manufacturing are key to the continued growth of the PM industry. A vital aspect to ensure PM’s ability to compete against other manufacturing technologies is the continued development of high-density PM components.

Recent developments in compaction and sintering technologies have opened up new possibilities for higher density PM components. This programme will focus on advancements towards high-density component manufacturing using developments in press-and-die set design, die wall lubrication systems and sintering technologies.


Energy Generation and Storage Technologies

In the past decade, energy generation and storage have seen significant advances. Wind and solar energy generation has gone through major transformation both in the level of the technology involved and the cost of manufacturing and installation. However, a major stumbling block for solar energy, as well as wind power and electric vehicles, is energy storage.

Battery technology has gained traction in recent years as a method of providing more efficient energy storage solutions for renewable energy, portable electronics, electric vehicles and healthcare. These developments present both opportunities and threats to the PM industry. The intent of this special interest programme is to review new PM solutions for power generation and storage as well as the current state of the art in battery technology, as well as exploring the impact of new battery technology on the growth of electric vehicles and the consequences for PM powertrain components.


Tungsten and Refractory Metals

  • Cobalt-free refractory metals
  • Additive Manufacturing of refractory metals
  • Refractory metals

This programme will examine topics of current interest to the refractory metals and manufacturing community and others with interest in these processes and related materials. A number of sessions will present the latest information on the health, safety and regulatory environment surrounding the use of tungsten carbides and, in particular, cobalt.

Presentations during the programme will examine the replacement of cobalt in the WC cermet system and provide cobalt-free options for this material, as well as covering metal Additive Manufacturing with particular emphasis on refractory metals in this manufacturing environment.



  • New considerations for PM machining
  • Machining alternatives for PM materials
  • Modelling and practice of PM machining

The machining of PM materials is a critical practice for most Powder Metallurgy applications, often defining the fit, form, function and financial success of the finished part. The process of machining PM materials is arguably more complex than for cast and wrought materials, and tools and techniques used for the latter are not optimised for the former.

This programme will offer a perspective on the typical challenges involved in PM machining, as well as methods to measure, analyse and improve the machining process. A number of focused presentations will be given on topics including advances in PM materials, tool technology, machining process characterisation and case studies.

Registration for the conference includes access to the co-located AMPM2018: Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy, with three days of technical sessions on metal Additive Manufacturing. Prospective attendees can view the conference programme and register to attend via the event website.



See you in San Antonio!

We will be at POWDERMET2018 – visit us on booth 101 and pick up your free copy of PM Review, PIM International and Metal AM magazine.



June 12, 2018

In the latest issue of PM Review…

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Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • From powder modification to rejuvenation: Fluidised Bed Reactors in metal powder production and Additive Manufacturing
  • Retech: Enabling the atomisation of reactive and refractory alloys at substantially higher levels of productivity and lower cost
  • Sustainability in Powder Metallurgy: Highlights from the 41st Hagen Symposium
  • Innovations from Japan’s Powder Metallurgy industry: award winners highlight novel automotive and healthcare applications

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