Basic Powder Metallurgy Short Course

Basic PM Short CourseBasic PM Short Course

August 10-12, 2020
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel • State College, PA

The Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course is the powder metallurgy industry's longest running course—celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. If you or your company's employees are new to the PM industry, this is the course for you. Now including metal additive manufacturing, this year's seminar features a tour of the Center for Innovation Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition.* 

 *tour attendance requires pre-qualification.

The 2020 schedule is not quite ready yet. Please review last year's program below.

This Intensive 3-Day Course Is Designed Especially for You, If You Are: 

  • Looking for an introduction to PM; 
  • Updating your knowledge of recent industry developments; 
  • Seeking to expand current knowledge of the industry in order to enhance advancement opportunities; 
  • Specialized in one area of PM and looking to broaden background in the field; 
  • A user of PM parts (or you wish to be one). 

Course registration includes speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag with copies of hundreds of dollars of MPIF standards and PM publications.

Register for the Short Course


7:00–8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Morning Session
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–4:45 p.m. Afternoon Session
5:00–6:30 p.m. Reception with "Popcorn Press" Demo & CIMP-3D Tour
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Morning Session
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
4:00 p.m. Tour of CISP Lab
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Morning Session
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–2:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
2:30–2:45 p.m. Wrap-up Discussion & Thank You


Restrictions on Recording
No photography, or audio or video recording of presentations is permitted.


Course Registration Fees

Fee includes course registration, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks.

Registration Type By July 8, 2019 After July 8, 2019
MPIF Member $1,595 $1,695
APMI Member $1,695 $1,795
Non-Member $1,895 $1,995

When You Attend This Class You Will Learn:

  • PM history, current practice, and the future
  • Why PM is a leading method for producing metal parts
  • The many applications that use PM parts
  • The fine points in designing for PM
  • How metal powders are produced
  • Designs for compacting tools
  • How sintering develops functional properties
  • About various secondary operations
  • About MPIF standards and tests
  • About metal injection molding
  • The latest high-tech PM technologies, including metal additive manufacturing (3D printing)

...and receive over $500 in books/standards!


Monday, August 12

Powder Metallurgy Touches Your Life

Overview of PM
John Engquist, FAPMI, JENS Solutions LLC
History of PM... The basic process...Raw materials...Engineering principles...General applications

Metal Powder Production
Vincent Paris, Rio Tinto Metal Powders
General process principles... Carbonyl, reduction of oxides, granulation, high-pressure-water atomization, binder treatment

Testing, Characterization, and Mixing of Metal Powders
Roland T. Warzel III, North American Höganäs, Inc.
Chemistry, powder morphology... Particle size and distribution... Engineering characteristics... Mixing and blending... MPIF/ASTM/ISO standards

Lubricants in Ferrous Powder Metallurgy
W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
Apparent density... Flow... Compressibility... Ejection characteristics... Green strength... Removal during sintering... Dimensional change

Basic Principles of Compacting
Tom Pontzer, Gasbarre Products, Inc.
Behavior of powder under pressure... Uniaxial vs. isostatic principles... Density distribution in two-step parts...Density distribution in long parts... Ejection force and effects... Explanation of HIP, CIP, forging, rolling, etc.

Featuring a demonstration of the famous "Popcorn Press"

Tuesday, August 13

Design of PM Parts
Samuel (Sandy) Jaffe, The P/M Experience Inc.
Getting the most from the MPIF "Preferred Metal-Forming Solution" booklet... Theory of proper design...Uniqueness of PM... Economics examples

Sintering Principles
Harb Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.
Theory of sintering... Walk through a sintering cycle in practice... Dimensional control... Effects of sintering on properties... Various sintering atmospheres... Sintering systems in the industry... Monitor and control option review

Conventional Sintering Furnaces and Practices
Raymond Serafini, PMT, Linde, LLC
Types of furnaces... Conveyors... Burn-off/delube...Sintering zones... Slow cool... Cooling Instrumentation...Trends

Tooling for PM
Robert T. Beimel, JIT Tool & Die, Inc.
Tooling materials—traditional and modern... Design to our advantage... Tooling engineering, manufacturing...Tool utilization and quality

Development and Importance of Microstructures in Ferrous PM Parts
Thomas F. Murphy, FAPMI, Hoeganaes Corporation
Investigation into the effect of sintering... Evaluation... Improvement of processing

Secondary Operations Performed on PM Parts
John Engquist, FAPMI, JENS Solutions LLC
Machining, heat treating, grinding... Steam treating, resin/oil impregnation... Tumbling, welding/joining, plating... Sizing/coining, hot forging

Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy
Joseph T. Strauss, HJE Company, Inc.
Introduction to metal additive manufacturing/3D printing... Metal powders for AM... Economics for AM...Current metal AM applications

Wednesday, August 14

PM Material Standards
W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
Why material standards?... Review of MPIF Standard 35... Structural parts, bearings, MIM, powder forged... MPIF material code designations... Guaranteed minimum values... Proof testing... Material properties... Process design considerations

Metal Injection Molding
Thomas W. Pelletiers, Kymera International
Applications... Properties... Comparison and contrast with traditional PM

Refractory and Hardmetals/Tool Steels
Todd Palmer, CISP/PSU
Processing... Properties... Applications

Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up Discussion

Presentations subject to change.


Registration Fee includes:

  • Course registration, speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag
  • Fundamental of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 luncheons and breaks
  • Certificate of course completion

Advanced Registration:
Take advantage of special pre-registration discounts by registering advance. Registration and payment must be received by Monday, July 8, 2019, to qualify for the reduced rates. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by e-mail within 10 business days, please contact Stephanie Schember.

If you are registering multiple people from your organization, please contact Stephanie Schember for a paper registration form.

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fees but MPIF has reserved a block of rooms at the special rate of $129 single; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than July 8, 2019. After that date, room reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Hotel Cancellation:
Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged room and applicable taxes for one (1) night.

Seminar Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees will be refunded in full if a written request is received no later than Monday, July 8, 2019. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, August 9, 2019, will be subject to a $325 cancellation fee. Registrants who fail to attend, and have not cancelled as noted above, are liable for the entire registration fee.

Special Needs:
Attendees that require special arrangements or have a special need (dietary or physical), please contact Diane Haggerty in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Course Sponsor:
MPIF is a federation of independent trade associations representing companies engaged in the application of powder metallurgy, including manufacturers of PM parts, metal powders, and PM processing equipment.

Code of Conduct Policy:
Presenters, Vendors and all other Attendees at MPIF/APMI/CPMT events are expected to comply with instructions from staff members, and are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a courteous, professional and respectful manner, refraining from language and conduct that might bring discredit upon themselves, their organizations, and MPIF/APMI/CPMT. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to disrupting the businesslike atmosphere, harassment, discrimination, inappropriate language, failing to comply with local, state, and federal laws, and conduct that puts themselves and others at risk. This code of conduct applies to both official activities of the event and its program as well as to any informal and social activities taking place in connection with the event. Presenters, and any other Attendees who do not comply with this code of conduct may be removed from the event and barred from attending future MPIF/APMI/CPMT sponsored or co-sponsored events.