Daily Schedule

Monday, February 25

PIM Tutorial

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (includes lunch)


Randall M. German, FAPMI,
Professor Emeritus San Diego State University

This optional course, which requires a separate registration fee, is an ideal way for anyone looking for a solid grounding in the technology of PIM to obtain a comprehensive foundation in a short period of time.

Topics that will be covered include:

Introduction to the manufacturing processes: feedstocks, molding, debinding, sintering, and finishing

Definition of what constitutes a viable PIM component Selection of materials based on components expectations and required properties

Assessment of the critical features of dimensional accuracy and material performance

Comparison of PIM to competing technologies

Review of the economical advantages of PIM

New applications, emerging markets, and examples of products never thought possible in net-shape manufacturing until PIM.

MIM2018 Exhibitors


5:00–6:00 p.m.

Open to all conference and tutorial attendees.


Monday, February 25

8:00–9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

PIM Tutorial (includes lunch)

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, February 26

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Program (includes lunch)

5:00–7:30 p.m.

Tabletop Exhibition / Networking Reception

Wednesday, February 27

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Program (includes lunch)

Case studies will be presented throughout the conference.

Tuesday, February 26


Development of Particulate Materials and Their Processing for Army and Defense Applications
Robert Dowding, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is engaged in the research of materials across all disciplines with the development of metallic compositions as a particular area of emphasis. The purpose and applications of these alloys ranges from ballistic protection of vehicles and personnel, armament and projectiles, aviation propulsion, to additive manufacturing in advanced locations. ARL has developed Fe-Ni-Zr, Cu-Ta, and Ni-based alloys with a highly stabilized nanocrystalline grain structure. The Fe-Ni-Zr alloy has application as an armor material, structural uses and wear surfaces. It is also projected for use as the binder phase of a cobalt-free WC for armor piercing projectiles. The Cu-Ta alloy will see use as a shaped charge liner and as a replacement for copper-beryllium in electrical contacts. Somewhat unique in the development of these nanomaterials is the discovery of a nanogalvanic aluminum composition that when placed into any liquid containing water will spontaneously produce hydrogen. This is potentially a means to provide power to the soldier in the field, on-demand. This keynote presentation will cover the synthesis of these materials and the fabrication of parts and components from them. High energy ball milling and other synthesis methods will be discussed as will field assisted sintering technology (also called spark plasma sintering) and hot isostatic pressing. Lastly, the presentation will discuss the ARL Open Campus concept for working with and in the Army Research Laboratory.

Future Growth in PIM—Materials, Applications, and Processes (USA)
Randall German, FAPMI, San Diego State University 

MIM Mechanical Properties Using New High Density 420 Stainless Steel Alloy Powder (Japan)
Taku Kawasaki, Epson Atmix 

Case Study of Mechanical Properties and Dimensional Variation Related to Residence Time of 4605 and 17-4PH MIM Feedstocks (USA)
Kimberly Cullian, ARC Group Worldwide 

Effects of Heat Treatment on Mechanical Properties of (MIM) Nimonic 90 (Singapore)
Boon Sing Ng, AMT PTE Ltd 

Optimized Properties in Sintered 17-4 PH Stainless Steel (USA)
Randall German, FAPMI, San Diego State University 

Melt-Free Titanium Alloy Powder: Production Facility and Development Center (USA)
Art Kracke, AAK Consulting LLC 

Impact of Gas Guiding in an Improved MIM Sintering Furnace: CFD Simulations and Initial Experimental Results (Germany)
Timm Ohnweiler, Carbolite Gero 

Effect of Sintering Conditions to Magnetic Behavior of Nickel-Free MIM X15CrMnMoN 17-11-3 (Taiwan)
Shin Lee, Chenming Mold Ind. Corp. (UNEEC)


These presentations will take place intermittently throughout the day on Tuesday, February 26

MIM2018 Exhibitors

5:00–7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, February 27

MIM World Status—2019 (USA)
Matthew Bulger, ATPM Consulting 

Fatigue Study of 316L Produced Using Binder Jet 3D Printing with Hot Isostatic Pressing (USA)
Andrew Klein, ExOne 

Five Reasons to Celebrate Mold Cleaning in MIM (USA)
Steve Wilson, Cold Jet LLC 

Additive Manufacturing of Complex 17-4 PH Parts to MIM Standards via FFF (USA)
Michelle Chao, Markforged 

Effects of Thermal Processing and Time on Cold Worked MIM Components (USA)
Levi Rust, ARC Group Worldwide 

Understanding Surface Area Measurement Techniques for Improved Powder Production (USA)
Jack Saad, Micromeritics Instrument Corporation 

Additively Manufactured Non-Weldable Super Alloys (Sweden)
Mats Persson, Digital Metal AB 

The Effect of Carbon Content on the Dimensions of MIM 17-4 PH Parts (USA)
Mike Stucky, Norwood 

Characterization of IN713C MIM Parts Made from Nitrogen Atomized Metal Powder (USA)
Martin Kearns, Sandvik Osprey Limited 

BASF Ultrafuse 316LX—Easy, Affordable Metal Additive Manufacturing (USA)
Thorsten Staudt, BASF Corporation 

Relationship of Shear Rate and Particle Segregation in MIM Parts (USA)
Gabriel Geyne, SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding 

Limitations of Metal Powder Configurations at High Metal Loading in MIM Feedstocks (USA)
Lane Donoho, Advanced Metalworking Practices 

Comparison of the Effects of Pre-Alloy and Master Alloy Powders on Stainless Steel Metal Injection Molded Parts (USA)
Alan Sago, MPP


Programming is subject to change