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Liquidmetal Injection Molding - Elegant, clean and simple

 

Many experienced product designers confuse Liquidmetal Injection Molding with MIM* (Metal Injection Molding).  In an attempt to clarify the difference we have been crafting our message more carefully, and our new website is an attempt to do just that.

However, a picture is worth 1,000 words:

Liquidmetal Injection Molding Animation

We hope that this is a quick way for you to understand the essentials of our process.  For many parts, our process is as elegant as this:

  1. Insert ingot
  2. Injection mold under vacuum
  3. Remove, de-gate and ship

Yes, sometimes we have to drill a hole or two.  Sometimes we need extra polishing for that optical finish.  We may also need to lap or weld, depending upon your requirements.

Our point is the as-cast piece can oftentimes be used as is.  It's strength, elasticity, hardness and surface finish are there from the moment the mold opens up.  Our surface finish is essentially the same as the mold.  Our tolerances are tight in all dimensions.  With a solidification shrinkage of just 0.2% we simply reproduce the mold.

And the molding is done in a vacuum.

Elegant, clean and simple.

 

* MIM requires multiple processing steps to get a finished product.  Critically, MIM has shrinkage of 12-20% after injection due to the removal of the binding material and sintering, making it difficult to maintain tight tolerances.

Comments

I guess you will always need CNC machines to make the molds but Liquidmetal is a disruptive technology. CNC companies will eventually have a loss of business due to liquidmetal.  
I like the visual in the article.
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 5:59 PM by Tonerman123
Great graphics!
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 10:07 PM by Martin Taylor
Brilliant!
Posted @ Sunday, April 07, 2013 12:58 PM by Craig Kiggen
Great illustration! Thank you for sharing the info.
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:38 AM by veterinary syringes
Great illustration! Thank you for sharing!
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:47 AM by plastic products manufacturing company
I have followed LM technology since it's inception with melt spinning. Kudos for bring this great materials concept full circle! Your graphic on LM-MIM is terrific.
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 8:54 AM by Richard Krutenat PhD
Are you able to do any centrifugal casting with LM ?
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:50 AM by Tom Aye
Hi Tom. We don't currently have this technology. We are commercializing the Liquidmetal Injection Molding process currently, and are still lining up the various options for the next manufacturing technology.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:57 PM by Glenton Jelbert
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