Benefits from Bonded Mixes for Complex Powder Metallurgy Parts Production
Precision parts tend to get more and more complex in geometry. For the production of P/M parts, cost efficiency is essential to remain viable and continue to be the process of choice versus other competing metal forming techniques. Production cost in combination with dimensional consistency play major roles in the design of the P/M process. Even with advanced equipment and controlled powder handling system the influence from filling characteristic for the material as such play an important role. In this paper the influence of enhanced filling characteristic and segregation behavior by organically bonding of fine additives using the Starmix™ technique during a production period of more than 1 year for production parts are presented.