Publication Abstract

The Effect of Powder Loading on Dimensional Variability in PIM

Zauner, R., Heaney, D. F., Piemme, J. C., Binet, C., & German, R. (2002). The Effect of Powder Loading on Dimensional Variability in PIM. Advances in Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials - 2002, Metal Powder Industries Federation, Princeton, NJ. 10.315-10.


Dimensional variation in powder injection molding (PIM) is one of the key issues for broadening the use of this process to a greater number of applications. Process capability has only been addressed by a few studies in the technical literature and manufacturing details still remain proprietary. In this study, the dimensional variability of a metal injection molding (MIM) process for 316 L stainless steel is reported. The main variable investigated in this part of a series of experiments on variability is the powder loading of the feedstock. A design of experiments (DOE) approach is used to statistically analyze the effect of the powder loading on the variability of multiple dimensions of a typical MIM component after molding and debinding.