When to use Metal Injection Molding

Metal Injection Molding
If you need the characteristics listed below in your application, MIM could be the right process for you.
  • Moderate dimensional control and repeatability
  • Complex part geometries
  • Broad range of alloys
Pick three

If you need three or more of the attributes listed below, MIM is likely a solution for you.

Combining multiple parts
The value in molding technologies can be found in the freedom of design, which often dramatically lowers the number of components, and therefore cost.
Specialized material properties
Unlike amorphous alloys, crystalline metals can have a range of material properties based on the alloy and heat treatment applied.
Near wrought material properties
MIM materials sinter to densities of 96-99% of theoretical density.
Moderate dimensional control/repeatability
Typical tolerances of as-sintered parts are +/-0.3% of nominal.
A good Liquidmetal application
High to ultra-high production volumes
Volumes typically range from 100,000 to 100,000,000 components a year.
Both magnetic and non-magnetic
The full offering of alloys supported by Liquidmetal can be found here. Most alloys are ferrous and magnetic, but some are non-ferrous, and cannot be made magnetic.
Small parts
Most parts less than 25 grams.
Complex part geometry
MIM is inherently flexible by nature, requiring designers to follow a handful of molding guidelines.
Could MIM be your manufacturing solution?