As the pressure to produce smaller and more complex parts faster and more economically increases, manufacturing using MIM (metal injection molding) and AM (additive manufacturing) processes such as 3D printing is gaining widespread acceptance. Manufacturing options like MIM and AM have opened up design possibilities that are almost limitless, allowing designers to create parts that would otherwise be impossible to make using other manufacturing methods. For example, in the past, design compromises had to be made for parts that were too intricate or too small. But today with MIM and AM, there is now a way to make detailed, precise and individually customized parts easily and affordably.
MIM is already widely used in a variety of applications and AM is quickly being embraced by industries ranging from aerospace, to medical devices to consumer goods.