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Smith Metal Products Adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding Capabilities



Smith Metals Products has added Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) capabilities to its MIM portfolio of materials that includes stainless steels, alloys and ceramics.

Titanium metal injection molding often is a more effective process to achieve precision parts while eliminating machining. That is because TiMIM parts are precise, net shaped parts that are produced faster and usually require no secondary operations, although not all parts qualify for this alternative solution.

TiMIM involves mixing powdered titanium metal with a binder material to compose a feedstock capable of being handled by injection molding equipment. A metal injection molding allows complex titanium parts to be shaped with precision in a single operation and in high volume as compared to traditional titanium machined metal components.

"Adding TiMIM capabilities opens a new, wider range of component applications for us, where strength-to-weight ratio parts are desired," said a company spokesperson. "It is often accomplished with enhanced features using titanium compared to other strong but much heavier metals like steels."

TiMIM part features can include undercuts, varying wall thickness up to .125" or 3 mm. TiMIM parts also accept many surface finishes including anodizing and electro polishing and can be finish machined if necessary.

"We are excited to have taken delivery of dedicated TiMIM equipment," said General Manager Todd Jensen. "Our employee owner-operators are now trained on the equipment and process. We have received successful TiMIM molding verification."

For more information contact:

Smith Metal Products

15045 Per Road

Center City, MN 55012

651-257-3143

sales@smithmetals.com

www.smithmetals.com

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