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Metal Injection Molding (MIM)
                                      - Technologies and Applications

Seminar November 17th, 2015, at Danish Technological Institute, Høje Taastrup

   Gregersensvej 1, 2630 Taastrup (Entrance 8, Room 8.1.1)

Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) is a manufacturing process which in last decades has proven to be profitable to a number of companies distributed over a wide variety of industries.

MIM combines the performance of metal parts with the ‘freedom’ of plastics.

The MIM-manufacturing process has matured to a point with reliable production for many companies worldwide and it has a complete infrastructure of material and equipment suppliers ready to help any company set up production. Besides this the technique is still so young that new breaking developments are made regularly.

Some processes is still impossible to use MIM - but it may be possible tomorrow....

Utilizing the possibilities of MIM both help lowering production costs and give the products a technological advantage.

This seminar will cover the basic aspects of MIM with talks from international key figures in the technologies. And it will present some of the current R&D activities.

Participants gets the basis for identifying possible parts for using MIM production in existing as well as new products. And they will meet the right people right now.



8:30 - 9:00

Registering and breakfast

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome and introduction
Jens Christiansen, Head of Polymer Section, Energy materials and high temperature chemistry, Danish Technological Institute

9:10 - 10:10

Adrian Vogel

Catamold: BASF SE as the global feedstock supplier
Adrian Vogel, Account Manager Metal Systems, BASF
  • Feedstock: Types, differences and advantages
  • Global PIM Market from BASF- point of view
Adrian Vogel holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with business studies from University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern (Germany). He has been employed at Bopp & Reuther, Mannheim (Germany) Global Sales - Safety Valves for nuclear applications and is now Key Account Manager at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (Germany) being responsible for Metal Systems Europe.

10:10 - 10:55

Marko Maetzig

Injection molding, the Process, Machines and tooling for MIM
Marko Maetzig, Dipl.-Ing., Development Department Powder Injection Moulding, Arburg GmbH + Co KG
The presentation will cover an overview of MIM processing and will specifically focus on machine specifications for MIM and processing details.

Furthermore some considerations and specific features of MIM moulds will be addressed.

Marko Maetzig is a development engineer at the Powder Injection Moulding laboratory at ARBURG GmbH + Co KG. He studied Materials Engineering with emphasis on powder metallurgy at the institute of materials science (IfWW) at the University of Technology Dresden. Since 2000 he works at ARBURG´s PIM laboratory, were he is working on the development of new technologies and applications for Powder Injection Moulding.

10:55 - 11:15

Break and networking opportunities
11:15 - 12:15

Peter Vervoort

Debinding and Sintering
– processing equipment for industrial scale production

Peter Vervoort, Vice President Advanced Thermal Processes, Eisenmann Thermal Solutions GmbH & Co. KG (DE)

Debinding and sintering are processing steps inherent to the Metal Injection Moulding process.

In the beginning debinding and sintering processes where based on trial and error, using universal equipment such as multi-purpose vacuum furnaces. With the introduction of the continuous debinding and sintering furnaces in the mid 90’s , a new era of MIM was born.

Today debinding and sintering in MIM is a well-known and reproducible process. Thanks to specialized debinding and sintering equipment for batch and continuous production, MIM producers have the possibility to select the proper equipment fitted to their materials, part size and production volume.

This presentation will give an overview of today's industrial scale debinding and sintering operations and its equipment. Using several case studies, the difference between batch and continuous operation will be explained.
Finally new developments and future scenarios will be discussed.

Peter Vervoort is a vice president at EISENMANN Thermal Solutions responsible for Advanced Thermal Processes. He studied Materials Science and Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he also worked as an associate scientist responsible for the development of new water soluble binder systems. In 1996 he moved to Germany to work for Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen, followed by ELINO Industrieofenbau. At both companies he was actively involved in development, commissioning and troubleshooting of MIM furnaces. In 2011 he joined the Dutch MIM producer ITB Precisietechniek. Since 2013 he is back in the furnace business working for the EISENMANN group.

12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Award of prizes:

Master projects with extraordinary perspectives done at Mechanical Engineering Institutes

13:45 - 14:15

MIM Case studies from Sintex
Poul Verner Søgaard, Technical Production Engineer, Sintex A/S
The presentation introduces how MIM is used to manufacture various parts, and also dive into the choices that has to be made along the way, and where design challenges and tolerances has to match the possibilities the technology has to offer.

The cases covers the first parts taken into production at Sintex, and will also briefly touch the challenges for a new company taking up MIM technology.

I work as Senior Process Specialist at Sintex, and have been doing that since I finished my M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering summer 2008, and got hired directly by Sintex. The focus in my work has been shifting over the years, from getting the process stable, to getting correct properties to mass production. Today I work mainly on introducing new materials and equipment to make the process better.

14:15 - 14:45

MIM of NdFeB magnets in the REEgain consortium.
Martin Brorholt Sørensen, Consultant, Danish Technological Institute
The REEgain consortium, sponsored by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, works with various aspects of the use and production of strong permanents magnets. Eg. supply of the necessary rare earth elements from Greenland, improved reliability and lifetime of permanent magnets, and advanced process technologies, enabling complex geometries for strong permanent magnets.

The presentation will present the work of REEgain on using MIM for the production of NdFeB magnets with a focus on the special challenges compared to e.g. steel MIM and how these challenges have been addressed in REEgain.

Martin B. Sørensen works at the Danish Technological Institute center for Plastics Technology, where he has been employed since 2008. His work has been maily done in a number of national and international research and development project and covered many different fields such as self-cleaning surfaces, solar cells and laser welding of plastics. Martin has a degree as M.Sc in Nanomaterial Engineering from Aalborg University.

14:45 - 15:15

Break and networking opportunities
15:15 - 16:00


State-of-the-art and the future of metal injection moulding
Dr. Aminul Islam, Associate Professor, Centre for Acoustic Mechanical Micro Systems, Technical University of Denmark
Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) is an attractive process as it combines advantage of injection moulding process with the unique performance attributes of metals.

Metal moulded parts are increasingly being used in advanced components and devices.

This presentation will make a review of the state-of-the-art of this flourishing technology and highlights on the future of the technology. The presentation will try to pinpoint the current need of research and development for MIM to fulfill the future need of the industries.

Besides these, the talk will also present a summary of comparative study between the metal and ceramic injection moulding that was carried out at the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr. Aminul Islam is a specialist in micro manufacturing having 11 years of professional experiences within the area of multi-material micro manufacturing. He has worked 5 years as R&D Program Manager for Sonion A/S before he joins CAMM Centre during 2014. Dr. Islam’s research interest comprises advanced materials & processing, multi-material micro moulding, micro powder moulding, process control and optimization, moulded interconnect devices (MIDs), hearing aid technology and components etc. He has contributed to the development of about 20 industrial products in the application area of hearing aid, medical applications, automotive and bioscience and is the author/co-author for more than 70 peer-reviewed international publications.

16:00 - 16:15

Summary and closing remarks
Jens Christiansen, Head of Polymer Section, Energy materials and high temperature chemistry, Danish Technological Institute

Seminar Concept:
Martin Brorholt Sørensen in cooperation with the steering group of Die Casting, ATV-SEMAPP.

Arranged by:
ATV-SEMAPP in cooperation with the above mentioned.
The seminar is promoted by Danish Technological Institute, IDA Mechanical and the magazine Teknovation.

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Time and place:
Tuesday 17th November 2015,
Teknologisk Institut, Entrance 8, Room 8.1.1, Gregersensvej 1, 2630 Taastrup.

Registration fee:
Members of ATV-SEMAPP or other promoting organizations :  DKK: 2.050,-
Other:  DKK: 2.575,-
The price is reduced with DKK 200 by registration before October 31st 2015.
Price for Ph.D. students at ATV-SEMAPP-member institutions: DKK: 975,-
Price for B.Sc. and M.Sc.-student members: DKK 200,- (membership of students is free of charge).
The price includes participant fee, coffee and lunch as well as seminar material.
Prices are excl. Danish VAT. Information on membership here.

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