Category Archives: Metal Parts

Common manufacturing processes for plastic and metal parts

One important tenet of Design for Manufacturing / Design for Assembly is the idea that the mechanical engineer and the industrial designer should choose the manufacturing processes that will be used to mass produce custom parts before finalizing the design for that part (and everything that it touches). Here are some common processes that are used to produce plastic and metal parts in consumer electronics and industrial automation applications. Some post-processes for plastic parts Sometimes plastic parts have to go […]

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The world’s thinnest metal fan for laptop utilizing Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process

The small size of laptop brings new challenges to heatsink. Surprisingly, engineers have built a complete set of cooling modules in such a thin and light YOGA 3 PRO laptop: the industry’s first integrally molded cooling fan utilizing Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process, which is also the thinnest metal fan in the world. The entire fan thickness is only 3.5mm, and the blade thickness is only 0.15mm, which is equivalent to the thickness of one razor blade. Compared with ordinary […]