Micro Metal Injection Molding Using Hybrid Micro/Nano Powders
This study aims to investigate the effects of hybrid micro/nano powders in a micro metal injection molding (μ-MIM) process. A novel type of mixing-injection molding machine was used to produce tiny specimens (<1mm in size) with high trial efficiency using a small amount of feedstock (<0.05cm3 in volume). Small dumbbell specimens were produced using various feedstocks prepared by changing binder content and fraction of nano-scale Cu powder (130nm in particle size). The effects of adding the fraction of nano-scale Cu powder on the melt viscosity of the feedstock, microstructure, density and tensile strength of sintered parts were discussed.