METALS & CERAMICS
MOST COMMONLY USED BY OUR CUSTOMERS
Advanced feedstocks allow the injection molding of metals and ceramics parts. The production process is then called Metal Injection Molding (MIM), or Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM). These methods are well suited for mass production of very small and intricate stainless steel or aluminide parts. The feedstock is a mixture of polymers and up to 60 percent pr weight of particles of either metal or ceramics. To consolidate the powder and remove the polymer, a high temperature heat treatment is applied. Due to the hard particles in the feedstock, the injection molding tools for MIM and CIM are costly and time-consuming to produce. FIM can lower the tool development time dramatically, and with the help of specialized MIM and CIM companies, AddiFab is currently pursuing demonstration projects for MIM and CIM. So far, stainless steel and aluminide parts have been demonstrated to work well with FIM.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 849119.