Metal Injection Molding
Metal injection molding (MIM) is a process in which fine metal powders are mixed with a polymer binder to create a flowable mixture, producing net or near net metal parts. The metal injection component may be used as molded or may require further densification, machining, surface finishing or heat treatment. Current alloys include 316L and 17-7PH stainless steels. MIM produces metallic parts at much lower costs than conventional machining from wrought metal forms.
Accellent compounds our own proprietary feedstock—formulated for low viscosity and reduced shrinkage, along with an eco-friendly water-soluble debinding system. Accellent's R&D group is focused on the development of implantable MIM materials and is actively engaged in the development of ASTM standards for implantable MIM materials.