Ceramic materials are gaining in importance.
The successful use of these materials in medical and dental technology and space travel, as cutting tools and as components used in high-powered drive technology is a illustration of their broad range of uses.
MIM technology – a solution
Solid, complex-shaped steel parts are injection moulded using granulate (metal powder and plastic binder), compressed in a sintering furnace at approximately 1,300°C and ready for use with minimal machining.
Ceramic materials are versatile
High-tech ceramic materials have a wide range of uses. Their high wear-resistance and anti-friction properties increase the service life of components such as axes, shafts and their friction partners.
The elasticity module and heat expansion coefficient are very similar to steel, so the combination of both materials provides good results. Components made of high-tech ceramic materials can also be used as insulators in electro-technology and electronics.
The human body accepts implants made of zirconium oxide with almost no side-effects or allergies. The aesthetic aspect of these translucent materials is increasingly illustrated when they are used as natural-looking dental implants.
Complex shapes in one step – part for part
Complex components often have to be assembled from different parts and this is an intricate procedure. With CIM/MIM technology, the shape forming is predetermined just once using the injection mould.
Tiny dimensions and filigree structures are advantages. Undercutting, cross-holing, internal and external screw threads and gear teeth can be produced.
A wide range of materials covers all kinds of applications, whether ceramic, stainless metallic or ferromagnetic materials, whether materials of high tensile strength, the range of material properties is broad and is defined by customer requirements.
CIM / MIM components are available from Maxon Motor .