Why Powder Metallurgy?
The powder metallurgy process provides a host of advantages over competing metalworking technologies. These all add up to part-to-part uniformity for improved product quality, shape and material flexibility, application versatility, and cost effectiveness.
Advantages of the Powder Metallurgy Process
- Minimizes machining by producing parts at, or close to, final dimensions
- Minimizes scrap losses by typically using more than 97% of the starting raw material in the finished part
- Permits a wide variety of alloy systems
- Produces good surface finish
- Provides materials which may be heat treated for increased strength or increased wear resistance
- Provides controlled porosity for self-lubrication or filtration
- Facilitates manufacture of complex or unique shapes which would be impractical or impossible with other metalworking processes
- Is suited to moderate- to high-volume component production requirements
- Offers long-term performance reliability in critical applications
- Is cost effective
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