Metal Injection Molding Blog

  • ADVANCED POWDER PRODUCTS, INC. APPEARS ON THE INC. 5000 FOR THE 6TH TIME

    PHILIPSBURG, PA, August 16, 2023– Inc. magazine, in collaboration with Capitol One, today revealed that Advanced Powder Products, Inc. is No. 4026 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies

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  • Metal 3D Printing for the Medical Device Industry—A Medtech Makers Q&A

    When 3D printing is mentioned, it is probably most often associated with plastic. While polymers do represent the bulk of the materials used with this fabrication process, metals are quickly becoming a preferred option for a number of applications. Within the medical technology space, metals are being used with 3D printing for orthopedic applications, such as implants and instruments. It is also being used to create small, yet strong, components in devices.

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  • Metal injection molding offers a sustainable, scalable solution for medical device manufacturing

    Medical device manufacturing is making a comeback with the return of non-essential and elective procedures; 2023 is poised to be a defining time in industry innovations, rising to contemporary supply challenges and introducing new cutting-edge products. To successfully do so, OEMs in life science industries are turning towards new technologies to thrive — including going all-in on metal injection molding (MIM).

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  • 2022 MPIF Award Winning MIM Part - Slide Release

    Originally designed for stamping, but the complex geometry was too much of a challenge, the powder metallurgy (PM) metal injection molding (MIM) process was selected for this one-piece firearm slide release. The air quenched and tempered S7 tool steel component was a Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) 2022 PM Design Excellence Awards Competition winner. Make PM your preferred metal-forming solution! Share this post and follow PickPM on LinkedIn or visit us at PickPM.com. #powdermetallurgy #advancedmanufacturing #PickPM #MIM

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  • From Concept to Creation: How 3D Metal Printing is Advancing Metal Injection Molding

    When it comes to designing new and complex metal parts, 3D metal printing is the fastest and lowest cost way to prototype your concept. At Advanced Powder Products, our 3D metal printing, known as PrintAlloy, uses Binder Jet 3D Metal Printing technology to form complex metal components that ultimately can be mass produced using Metal Injection Molding.

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  • How Well Does Artificial Intelligence Understand Metal Injection Molding?

    With the rapid rise in use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve problems and offer technical advice on subjects, the engineers at Advanced Powder Products wanted to judge the accuracy of responses pertaining to Metal Injection Molding (MIM). Using the most popular AI platform, ChatGPT, the team at APP asked a series of basic MIM questions.

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  • Binder Jet 3D Metal Printing Accelerates MIM Product Development

    To launch new mechanical products on time and on budget, development teams must be able to iterate through designs as they optimize manufacturability and ensure their device or assembly performs as intended. This is especially true for small and complex metal components, which can be difficult to produce and hard to scale.

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  • MicroMIM Simplifies Life Science's Smallest Components

    Today’s product designs for medical equipment require smaller and smaller components that are extremely durable and meet rigorous tolerance specs. Minimally invasive components deliver huge patient care advantages by shrinking the size of devices ranging from minimally invasive biopsy cutters to catheters. As advancements in minimally invasive surgery continue, biomedical engineers will continue to demand reliable, high-precision components with ever-decreasing physical dimensions and complex design structures.

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  • Metal Injection Molding Offers a Sustainable, Scalable Solution for Medical Device Manufacturing

    MIM is becoming a mass-adopted process in the medical device manufacturing world. A more cost-effective and scalable alternative to traditional CNC machining and manufacturing methods, MIM can manufacture geometries otherwise impossible to produce while delivering on quality. OEMs can reap long-term savings throughout the production process and meet R&D and NPI’s most demanding timelines.

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  • Designing with Metal Injection Molding in Mind

    Medical device manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to innovate to provide life-saving solutions to compete in a global marketplace. As pressures constantly drive the need for innovation, the primary tendency is to focus on innovating the product and less so on innovating the methods in which the product is made. Metal injection molding has garnered significant momentum over the past decade, but many engineers are still hesitant or unfamiliar incorporating MIM into their designs for this innovative manufacturing process over conventional processes they are accustomed to, such as CNC machining.

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