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Why Powder Metallurgy

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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