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Precisely Manufactured Critical Components

Critical Components In Grasping Forceps Precisely Manufactured Using Smith Metals MIM Process -- Eliminates Need For Costly Machining

Pivot point components provide natural dexterity in grasping forceps, retractors, needle drivers and similar advanced medical instruments. These critical pivot point components are precisely manufactured using the metal injection molding process (MIM) provided by Smith Metal Products.

The pivot points pictured measure 0.50" x 0.1875" x 0.25" and have tolerances of ±0.0015". Part features included undercuts, parallel holes and perpendicular shafts – all produced accurately with Smith MIM process. These net shaped MIM produced components required no machining saving both material and machine time.

Titanium Metal Injection Molding

Smith Metal Products Brings The Latest In MIM Metal Injection Molding Capabilities To IMTS 2018

Smith Metal Products to exhibit at IMTS 2018 Booth #236313 and will be previewing its expertise in molding metal parts with complex geometries in high production volumes. Smith MIM materials include stainless steel, steel, titanium, and most all ferrous materials.

MIM is often a more effective process to achieve precision parts while eliminating machining because MIM parts are precise, net-shaped parts that are produced faster and usually with no secondary operations. If a high tolerance needs to be held and cannot be MIM molded, Smith uses 5 axis CNC machining equipment to achieve tighter specifications while still being more competitive than complete machining of parts.

Titanium Metal Injection Molding

Smith Metal Products Adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) To Its MIM Capabilities

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

TiMIM involves mixing powdered Titanium metal with a binder material to compose a feedstock capable of being handled by injection molding equipment. 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.

Outsourced MIM Part Production For Firearms

Using Outsourced MIM Part Production For Firearms, Weaponry And Defense Components Is Less Costly Than Buying And Operating A Machining Center In-House

When does it make more sense to use outsourced MIM part production than to buy and operate a machining center and do the work in-house? MIM is metal injection molding. It is an alternative process instead of machining parts out of raw metal stock. Many original equipment manufacturers of firearms and defense products are mandating that their part suppliers outsource to secure price advantages while maintaining strict quality requirements.