Powdered Metal and Metal Injection Moulding
Sintering powdered metal compacts to make complex components is an ever growing manufacturing route, particularly in the automobile, aerospace and precision engineering industries and in recent years IPS Ceramics has increased its customer base in this area.
Powdered Metal Components
Powdered metal (PM) components tend to be fired in a protective atmosphere to prevent oxidation or reduction of the metal oxide during sintering. The refractories that support them during sintering, therefore need to perform consistently well under these conditions. Tight tolerances on products are called for in these applications, especially with regard to flatness, and we can achieve this by surface grinding.
Specially developed low-expansion materials which are able to withstand rapid thermal cycling offer a cost effective alternative to traditional carriers.