Design

Design Capabilities

Please hover over the arrows to find out about the many design features and capabilities that can be incorporated into Metal Injection Moulded components

Internal and external threads moulded into the part eliminating the need for costly secondary operations

Blind or through holes moulded into the parts

No draft required

Density controlled to within 95-98%

Amalgamation of parts which through other routes of manufacture would have been produced separately and assembled at the final stage. Through MIM they are produced as one component - reducing failure risks and yield losses caused by the assembly. Also eliminating expensive secondary operations.

Text or logos moulded into the part eliminating the need for costly secondary operations

Serrations and knurling moulded into the part

Batch codes, part numbers or date stamps moulded into the part

Batch codes, part numbers or date stamps moulded into the part

Text or logos moulded into the part eliminating the need for costly secondary operations

Parts manufactured to their net shape reducing material waste and cost. As a result of these sustainability advantages, MIM is a recognised Green Technology.

Complex 3D geometries which would be difficult to manufacture through traditional routes such as casting or precision machining can be readily achieved with MIM and at significantly reduced prices.

Keyways or marks to aid assembly can be incorporated at no extra cost to the component

Sections cored out of the part offering weight saving and cost reduction

Part could be fairly simple but if manufactured from an exotic, difficult to machine material MIM offers a cost effective route, as materials such as Inconel or Hastelloy are just as simple to process through MIM as widely used materials such as Stainless Steel.

Equivalent properties to wrought materials and can be heat treated, polished, plated or welded.

Maximum footprint: 2,500mm2
Maximum length: 100mm

Wall Sections: 0.2mm-5mm

Optimum weight: <50g

Surface finish: 0.4 - 1.6┬Ám

Working tolerance: +/- 0.5% of a dimension. For example, on 5mm we can achieve +/- 0.025mm. These tolerances are the MIM industry standards but can be improved with secondary operations and mould tool development.