Powder metallurgy is a metal – forming process of ferrous-powdered materials performed by pressing and sintering metal powder compacts near to net shape of the final component. It allows very complex geometries and intricate features. The process has existed for more than 100 years. It is now widely acknowledged as a superior way of producing high-quality sintered, structural components for a large array of applications in different industries.
Powder metallurgy is used to make unique materials with tailored properties, impossible to achieve from melting or forming with other methods. It enables combinations of materials that would otherwise be impossible to mix and processing of materials with very high melting points. There are also advantages when it comes to creating complex shapes or integrating additional design features or functionalities in one part.
powder metallurgy process advantages
- With powder metallurgy you greatly reduce post-production processes such as metal removal procedures. This drastically reduces yield losses in manufacture and thereby lower total costs. In addition, the process has a lower energy consumption in comparison to other production technologies.
- The powder metallurgy process allows to manufacture structural metal components with high predictability and consistency of mechanical behaviour for a wide range of applications.