PIM International Magazine Spring 2024 Issue – Featured Articles

The Spring 2024 issue of PIM International magazine is out now! This issue includes the following deep-dive articles:

INMATEC Technologies: Celebrating 25 years as a driving force behind Ceramic Injection Moulding

For twenty-five years, INMATEC Technologies GmbH has been producing market-leading feedstocks for both Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM).

Dr Georg Schlieper recently visited the company for PIM International and, in this article, reports on its history, current activities and expectations for the future of engineered ceramics. What is clear is that following strategic investments from luxury goods house Chanel, which now owns a majority stake in the business, the future for CIM and ceramic Additive Manufacturing looks brighter than ever.

Read the full article here.


A year of change: Turbulence in China’s MIM industry as markets evolve

As we start 2024, Greater China’s Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) industry is recovering from a perfect storm of challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t only impact operations at MIM plants, but key markets were adversely affected, reducing production volumes. Furthermore, after more than a decade, Apple – China’s biggest MIM parts consumer – replaced its Lightning connector, a component which required the production of billions of MIM parts.

Dr Q (Y H Chiou) reports for PIM International on the changes that are now underway in this, the world’s largest MIM producing region.

Read the full article here.


Ceramic Injection Moulding: The impact of variotherm and conformal cooling technology on part quality and process capability

Despite the success of Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) in multiple end-user sectors, from luxury watches to automotive interiors and industrial engineering, there remains considerable scope for process optimisation to advance part quality, productivity and overall process capability. As part of the ‘CIM++’ research project, Ceramaret, Primaform and the iRAP institute investigated the potential of a variotherm control system for the CIM process and, as the results presented here demonstrate, significant improvements were achieved.

Read the full article here.


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