New Smartphone App Helps Engineers Design Metal Injection Molded Parts
Dynacast MIM helps design engineers find the right material for metal injection molding, based on the property criteria of their application. It offers a material selector that matches material performance criteria—such as wear, magnetic, tensile strength, and temperature resistance properties—to suitable alloys.
Image courtesy of Kinetics, a Dynacast Company
If you're a design engineer who's tired of lugging paper-filled design guides through airports, you may be in luck. Kinetics, a Dynacast Company has released a new smartphone app to assist engineers with the design of complex metal components for metal injection molding (MIM). The app, Kinetics MIM, is available for free download on iOS.
Reported to be the first MIM app of its kind, Kinetics MIM empowers designers to find a material solution based on the property criteria of their application. Its material selector matches material performance criteria—such as wear, magnetic, tensile strength, and temperature resistance properties—to suitable alloys. Users then receive a list of material solutions from which they can choose the best fit for their application.
"When a design engineer is searching for applicable materials for their upcoming or current project, it is as simple as choosing one or two material characteristics, in order of priority, that best describe the material performance requirements for their application," said Dynacast Marketing Specialist Kirsten Waldschmidt, who co-developed the app with Dynacast Director of Technology, Marketing, and Sales, Paul Hauck. "If Kinetics offers a material with the chosen specifications, a property data sheet is created that can be saved in their 'favorites' or e-mailed to them."
Kinetics MIM also offers a design guide, with illustrative figures, that helps designers get the most from MIM by defining MIM design requirements across a wide range of searchable categories. According to Waldschmidt, these design categories focus on characteristics around geometry features. Users can check out design requirements relating to features like uniform wall thickness, sintering supports, draft, corner breaks and fillets, holes and slots, undercuts, and threads.
"After researching our customer base, Dynacast saw a need for an app to better assist engineers on easily selecting MIM metal alloys and design characteristics optimized for their potential applications," said Waldschmidt. "The general feedback received so far indicates that this is a great engineering resource. It appears to be an effective tool for design engineers and has worked well, considering [that it's] a first-release app."
Kinetics, a Dynacast Company (www.kinetics.com), based in Wilsonville, Oregon, is a company of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.
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