Experimental Investigation of Comparative Process Capabilities of Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding for Precision Applications

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The purpose of this paper is to make a comparative study on the process capabilities of the two branches of the powder injection molding (PIM) process—metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM), for high-end precision applications. The state-of-the-art literature does not make a clear comparative picture of the process capabilities of MIM and CIM. The current paper systematically characterizes the MIM and CIM processes and presents the process capabilities in terms of part shrinkage, surface replication, tolerance capability, and morphological fidelity. The results and discussion presented in the paper will be useful for thorough understanding of the MIM and CIM processes and to select the right material and process for the right application or even to combine metal and ceramic materials by molding to produce metal–ceramic hybrid components.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031003
JournalJournal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Metal injection molding
  • Ceramic injection molding
  • Comparative process analysis
  • Shrinkage
  • Surface roughness
  • Morphology

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