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Final Report - MATLAW (New material laws for metal filled injection moulding feedstocks)

Project ID: 33006
Funded under: FP6-SME


Powder filled injection-moulding feedstocks are processed for a wide range of applications. Mostly the filler is added to influence and improve the properties of a matrix polymer. In powder injection moulding (PIM), a technology used to produce complicated ceramic and metal parts, the polymer is needed as an intermediate medium to allow forming of the metal again via injection moulding. In all cases, but especially so for PIM, the distribution of the filler in the moulded component has a major influence on the properties of the final parts. On the other hand, there often is a major difference in density between polymer and filler and some separation of the two phases occurs during moulding.

Their final report gives a breakdown of the work down and notes that several methods able to analyse feedstock batch to batch consistency were analysed and tested using fresh feedstock batches. Short workshops on feedstock analysis and simulation were held at the industrial partners in order to improve their understanding and clarify the necessary actions by all partners. Also, a better understanding of the existing shortcomings of the day to day problems encountered in the development of new parts was achieved.

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