Metal Powder Industries Federation

Basic Short CourseBasic PM Short Course

August 14–16, 2017
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 anniverary in 2014. If you or your company's employees are new to the PM industry, this is the course for you.

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

Course registration includes speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag with PM publications including copies of Fundamentals of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, Injection Molding of Metals and Ceramics, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature

Basic Short Course Classroom

No photography or recording of any kind

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

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 $600 in books/standards!

Course Registration Fees

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

Registration Type By July 14 After July 14
MPIF Member $1,595 $1,695
APMI Member $1,695 $1,795
Non-Member $1,895 $1,995

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General Information


Monday, August 14

Powder Metallurgy Touches Your Life

Overview of PM
History of PM... The basic process...Raw materials...Engineering principles...General applications

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

Testing, Characterization, and Mixing of Metal Powders
Chemistry, powder morphology... Particle size and distribution... Engineering characteristics... Mixing and blending... MPIF/ASTM/ISO standards

Lubricants in Ferrous Powder Metallurgy
Apparent density... Flow... Compressibility... Ejection characteristics... Green strength... Removal during sintering... Dimensional change

Basic Principles of Compacting
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.

Tooling for PM
Tooling materials—traditional and modern... Design to our advantage... Tooling engineering, manufacturing...Tool utilization and quality

Featuring a demonstration of the famous "Popcorn Press"

Tuesday, August 15

Design of PM Parts
Getting the most from the MPIF "Preferred Metal-Forming Solution" booklet... Theory of proper design...Uniqueness of PM... Economics examples

Sintering Principles
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
Types of furnaces... Conveyors... Burn-off/delube...Sintering zones... Slow cool... Cooling Instrumentation...Trends

Microstructures: How Do They Affect Our Parts?
Investigation into the effect of sintering... Evaluation... Improvement of processing

PM Material Standards
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 on PM Parts
Machining, heat treating, grinding... Steam treating, resin/oil impregnation... Tumbling, welding/joining, plating... Sizing/coining, hot forging

Wednesday, August 16

Fully Dense PM Products—High-Alloy Tool Steels, Superalloys, and Corrosion-Resistant Near-Net Shapes
Manufacturing process of prealloyed powder to achieve 100% density... High-alloy tool steels...Nickel-base superalloys... Corrosion-resistant near-net-shape alloys... Composite bars

Refractory and Hardmetals Processing... Properties... Applications

Metal Powder Injection Molding
Applications... Properties... Comparison and contrast with traditional PM

Additive Manufacturing: the Newest PM Technology
Introduction to metal additive manufacturing/3D printing... Metal powders for AM... Economics for AM...Current metal AM applications

Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up Discussion

Presentations subject to change.

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General Information

Registration Fee includes:

  • Course registration, speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag
  • Fundamental of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, Injection Molding of Metals and Ceramics, 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 Friday, July 14, 2017, to qualify for the reduced rates. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by e-mail within 10 business days, please contact Stephanie Schember.

Register: All registrations must be completed online through the MPIF website.

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 $123 single/$133 double; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than July 14, 2017. 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 Friday, July 14, 2017. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, August 11, 2017, 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.

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