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Basic PM Short CourseBasic Powder Metallurgy Short Course

January 18-20, 2021
Encore Viewing of 2020 Virtual Event

Don't Miss This Once in a Lifetime Opportunity!

For the first time in its over 55 year history, the 2020 Basic PM Short Course was held virtually! If you missed it, here's your chance to take advantage of this no travel, no hotel, and reduced, virtual-only registration rate. This PM industry staple is the best resource for employees who are new to the PM industry or for anyone who needs an update on recent industry developments.


Program Co-Chairs: W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech, and Harb S. Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.

Click here to view a sample of the Basic PM Short Course:

This VIRTUAL 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 e-copies of over $500 worth of MPIF standards and PM publications.


Register for the Short Course


Course Registration Fees

Registration Type
  Before December 11 After December 11
MPIF Member $900 $1,000
APMI Member $1,000 $1,100
Non-Member $1,200 $1,300

Discounts available for multiple registrations from the same organization. For every two list price registrations your organization will receive one FREE registration! To take advantage of this cost savings registrations must be made through our registration department by contacting Stephanie Schember, 609-452-7700 ext 114.


When You Attend This Course 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)




This course contains nearly 16 hours of technical content, watch at your pace but all of the programming must be watched between the dates of
January 18th, 2021 8:00 a.m. EST and January 22nd, 2021 8:00 p.m. EST.


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

Basic Principles of Compacting
Mark Thomason, 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.

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

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, Messer North America
Types of furnaces... Conveyors... Burn-off/delube...Sintering zones... Slow cool... Cooling Instrumentation...Trends

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isostatic Pressing Techniques
Chad Beamer, Quintus Technologies

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:

  • E-copies of Fundamental of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature, will be sent out via electronic links.
  • Certificate of course completion

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be provided for cancellations. Should a registrant not be able to attend on planned dates, with written requests received prior to January 15, 2021, MPIF will work with individuals to replay the recorded content at a later date.

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.