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COST-EFFECTIVE FABRICATION OF COMPONENTS BY MEDIUM PRESSURE INJECTION MOULDING

Objective

There is a need for high quality net-shape ceramic and metal parts fabricated in small to medium-size volumes but, at the unit cost of large-scale production. The existing production technologies, based on powder injection moulding (PIM), have certain limitations to reach the large scale markets of low-to-medium cost parts. GOCERAM has during the last years been developing modified technology and, simultaneously, been designing suitable corresponding machinery to meet this goal, based on Medium Pressure Injection Moulding (MPIM).The MPIM technology offers manufacturers potential for 1/ better profit margin, 2/ possibility of manufacturing certain parts in cases where the limitations of other techniques exclude commercially sound production and 3/ a competitive alternative to machining or investment casting.The objective of the project is to demonstrate the potential of MPIM technology through highly qualified European R&D centres (ENSCI/CTTC, Limoges, France, and Fraunhofer Institute IKTS, Dresden, Germany). They, in addition, possess unique and complementary know-how for binder engineering and de-binding of the moulded parts using supercritical extraction, respectively. The project partner companies are potential manufacturers and users of specific parts. The centres will demonstrate manufacturing of prototype products using GOCERAM with the objective of achieving optimum production characteristics. After this stage, it will be easier for the companies to make decision on further commercial exploitation.Furthermore, the project will provide references for further diffusion of the technology within the European industry, especially among less experienced producers. By creating a powerful link between an equipment manufacturer and a basic technology supplier (GOCERAM), the major competent R&D centres and the potential client industries, this effort is anticipated to be highly beneficial to the European industry.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GOCERAM INDUSTRIAL VENTURES
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43139 Mölndal
Sweden

Participants (5)

CENTRE DE TRANSFERT DE TECHNOLOGIES CERAMIQUES
France
CREATIV PRODUCT GMBH
Germany
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE CERAMIQUE INDUSTRIELLE
France
FHG-ICT - FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
PORCELAINE AVIGNON SA
France