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November 27, 1999

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New materials, new opportunities

We were very gratified by your response to our first Special Report on Injection Molding Metals & Ceramics, published in June. This second edition continues to explore the differences and the similarities to molding plastics, and much more. World leaders in the PIM and TXM fields have opened their factories to us, and you can read about them in this special report.

We continue to examine the latest news in materials, part design, tooling, and manufacturing technologies. As before, we point you to resources as you seek to explore these dynamic and fast growing technologies; those resources are listed in our contact information, and much additional information can be found elsewhere on our website. For a refresher, we’re repeating just a few of the basics.

The Acronyms

  • IMMC — injection molding metals and ceramics—the broad term.

  • PIM — powder injection molding, which applies to metal powders and ceramic powders.

  • CIM — ceramic powder injection molding.

  • MIM — metal powder injection molding.

  • TXM — molding of a thixotropic metal slurry (usually referred to as “Thixomolding” or “Thixomolded,” which are registered trademarks of Thixomat Inc.; TXM is our own acronym).

A full glossary of terms relating to injection molding metals and ceramics, as well as a list of industry resources, can be found on our website using these links.

The Processes
Complete schematics and explanations of the two processes — powder injection molding and TXM — are available using this link.

Calendar of Related Events

Feb. 28-March 1, 2000
Molding 2000: Emerging Molding Technologies for the New Millennium
Omni Royal Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Call Shar Finnegan at Executive Conference Management,
(734) 420-0507; fax (734) 420-2280
E-mail: [email protected]

March 20-22, 2000
The Penn State Conference Center Hotel
State College, PA
Call Robert Cornwall at Innovative Material Solutions Inc.,
(814) 863-8735; fax (814) 867-1140
E-mail:[email protected]

May 30-June 3, 2000
2000 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy
    and Particulate Materials
New York Hilton Hotel
New York, NY
Call Metal Powder Industries Federation and APMI International,
(609) 452-7700; fax (609) 987-8523
E-mail: [email protected]

June 19-23, 2000
NPE 2000
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
Call SPI (800) SPI-0015 or (202) 974-5235; fax (202) 296-7243
E-mail: [email protected]

Oct. 17-21, 2000
Ceramitec 2000
Munich, Germany
Call Werner Geringer at Messe München GmbH,
+49 (89) 94 901, fax +49 (89) 949 09
E-mail: [email protected]

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