Metal injection molding combines the benefits of plastic injection molding and powdered metallurgy in the creation of complex shapes of metals such as nickel iron, stainless steel, copper, and titanium. The compounding stage in metal injection molding typically uses thermoplastic and wax binders for the production of parts with complex geometries. Metal injection molding is used in the production of a wide range of parts such as automotive components, electronic components, and healthcare devices especially meant for advanced drug delivery and invasive surgeries. The process is used in the manufacture of firearms and aerospace components in various regions.
The freedom to impart complex designs to high-performance materials in various end-use industries, such as automotive, medical, electronics, and defense and aerospace industries is a key proposition reinforcing the demand for metal injection molding. The process is gaining traction among manufacturers of molded miniature products for these industries.
The global drive for metal injection molding in metalworking stems from the need for advanced molding process for producing complex metal structures that are increasingly characterized by high design flexibility and short cycle times. The rising demand for miniature metal parts for the automotive and aerospace industries is increasingly fueling the expansion of the metal injection molding market. The advent of metal injection molding processors with popular industry accreditations such as ISO 9002 and QS 9000 has been fueling the demand for metal and ceramic products produced using the molding process. The rising demand for metal injection molding for the production of high precision components in the medical and healthcare industries is an important trend boosting the global market. The growing use of metal injection molding in manufacturing firearms for developed nations, most notably the U.S., is expected to accentuate market revenues during the assessment period.