The 88 page March 2016 issue of Powder Injection Moulding International (Vol. 10 No. 1) has just been published and is now available for free PDF download from the magazine’s website. In addition to over 40 pages of industry news, this issue includes the following articles:
It is just under twenty years since Indo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd., better known by its abbreviated name Indo-MIM, was established in Bangalore, India. Within this short period of time the company has evolved into one of the world’s largest MIM producers. Dr Georg Schlieper visited Indo-MIM for PIM International to discover the secret behind this remarkable expansion and the company’s plans for maintaining this rapid growth in the future.
At the first PIM Symposium in 1990, the Marketing Manager for a leading MIM facility outlined where and how MIM would grow. His analysis was based on the conversion of small investment castings to MIM. Although his predictions took a while, MIM did reach those sales predictions. Now MIM is seeking the next big thing. One opportunity for differentiation comes from mixed powder composites. The field of particulate composites is poorly organised and poorly recognised by suppliers, yet the products have significant added value since there are few competitive processes for complex shaped composites. Prof Randall German reviews emerging opportunities and introduces promising compositions and processing options and applications.
The Euro PM2015 Congress & Exhibition, Reims, France, October 4-7 2015, proved to be an essential destination for those looking to understand the latest technical and commercial advances in Powder Injection Moulding. In the second part of his review for PIM International, Dr David Whittaker reports on a series of papers that cover the processing of a range of materials that all offer potential for future growth, including Fe-Si for soft magnetic applications, titanium, nickel-based superalloy CM247LC, aluminium and silicon carbide.
Process simulation is a widely used tool in the development phase of injection moulded parts. The key variable describing the deformation behaviour of melted polymers is the viscosity and the most common method to calculate the viscosity of plastics is the High Pressure Capillary Rheometer. As Timo Gebauer and Vanessa Schwittay from SIGMA Engineering GmbH explain, several virtual experiments have been performed to understand the limits of this method and establish how it can be used for MIM feedstocks.
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