KBM Advanced Materials serves a variety of additive manufacturing industries. Size and scale are no bar to our distribution platform. Whether it’s a university or a heavy-duty manufacturing chain, we provide the same premium powder, no questions asked. We accommodate both small and large batches of orders.
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We have set up a buying process that allows customers to glide through creating an account and ordering without having to go through different intermediaries. With a smart system that lets you ship to multiple addresses and track orders, getting powder has never been this easy.
As a premier digital marketplace serving a range of markets, KBM is ahead of the curve. We’ve made supplying metal injection molding materials easy so you can focus on the tougher manufacturing challenges. We’re streamlining the supply chain by allowing both producers and customers to be flexible with their inventories.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Are Metal Injection Molding Materials Used For?
MIM is used by many industries for producing parts with complex shapes and high dimensional accuracy such as surgical instruments and orthopedic implants in the medical industry. It’s used in small components like sensors, connectors, and housings in the electronics industry. It’s utilized in fuel injectors, transmission parts, and turbocharger components in the automotive industry. This method creates valve bodies, brackets, and actuators in the aerospace industry. These materials are also used for firearms, watchmaking, industrial machinery components, and jewelry.
2. What Metal Is Used for Injection Molding?
Many types of metals can be used for Metal Injection Molding depending on which properties are desired in the component. For example, stainless steel is used for its corrosion resistance, high strength, and biocompatibility. Titanium is used for its excellent strength-to-weight ratio along with corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. Copper is used for its high thermal and electrical conductivity. Tungsten and nickel-based alloys are some other MIM powders used in injection molding.
3. How Does Metal Injection Molding Work?
There are several steps in using the MIM manufacturing method. Firstly, the feedstock is prepared by mixing the powder with a binder material and then turning it into pellets. These pellets are loaded into the MIM machine which heats the materials into a mold in the shape of the desired part. After the process is complete, the part is taken out and separated from the binding materials by vaporization in a furnace. Finally, the part is sintered into a solid metal and then sent for post-processing.