Smith Metal Products News
Smith Metal Products Announces 3D Binder-jet Metal Printing For Quick-turn Prototype MIM-Like Parts
Smith Metal Products adds quick-turn 3D Binder-Jet Metal Printing parts for customers to evaluate and verify their product run utilizing a MIM-like process without the cost of building a test mold. Now manufacturers can easily see, touch and evaluate comparable prototype MIM-like parts produced on Smith Metals advanced 3D Binder-Jet Metal Printing additive production system.
Small Electronic Components Are Precisely Manufactured Using Smith Metals MIM Processes – Net Shaped Completed Parts Need Little Or No Secondary Operations
Smith Metal Products specializes in metal injection molding (MIM) of soft metal alloys and an array of other metals for small electronic and electrical components.
Ideal for the fast-changing needs of the telecom and electronic markets, Smith Metal Products MIM processes utilize the latest technology that are built around an automated production process. Parts begin when metal powder is suspended in a binder or feed stock which is then injection molded into a tool. The part then goes through a debinding and sintering process to form a full dense metal part. The result are parts that are very precise, net-shaped and can be produced faster than machining and usually with no secondary operations.
Critical Components In Grasping Forceps Precisely Manufactured Using Smith Metals MIM Process — Eliminates Need For Costly Machining
Pivot point components provide natural dexterity in grasping forceps, retractors, needle drivers and similar advanced medical instruments. These critical pivot point components are precisely manufactured using the metal injection molding process (MIM) provided by Smith Metal Products.
The pivot points pictured measure 0.50″ x 0.1875″ x 0.25″ and have tolerances of ±0.0015″. Part features included undercuts, parallel holes and perpendicular shafts – all produced accurately with Smith MIM process. These net shaped MIM produced components required no machining saving both material and machine time.
Smith Metal Products Adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) To Its MIM Capabilities
Smith Metal Products adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) capabilities to its MIM portfolio of materials that include stainless steels, alloys and ceramics.
TiMIM involves mixing powdered Titanium metal with a binder material to compose a feedstock capable of being handled by injection molding equipment. Metal injection molding allows complex Titanium parts to be shaped with precision in a single operation and in high volume as compared to traditional Titanium machined metal components.
Using Outsourced MIM Part Production For Firearms, Weaponry And Defense Components Is Less Costly Than Buying And Operating A Machining Center In-House
When does it make more sense to use outsourced MIM part production than to buy and operate a machining center and do the work in-house? MIM is metal injection molding. It is an alternative process instead of machining parts out of raw metal stock. Many original equipment manufacturers of firearms and defense products are mandating that their part suppliers outsource to secure price advantages while maintaining strict quality requirements.