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SEGREGATION-FREE LOW-PRESSURE POWDER METAL INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

New injection press concept/machine to eliminate areas where the mixture is trapped (segregation) and facilitate cleaning and eliminate contamination in the valve

Challenge in metal injection molding machines

  • The injection molding machine market size is projected to reach 105,654 units by 2023, registering a CAGR of 2.26% between 2018 and 2023 (MarketsandMarketsTM)
  • The metal injection molding market size was valued at USD 2.4 Billion in 2017 and is poised to reach USD 3.7 Billion by 2022 (MarketsandMarketsTM)
  • The market growth is attributed to the increasing demand for injection molded parts from automotive, medical, packaging and consumer goods industries
  • Low pressure powder metal injection (LPIM) machines with reduced tooling costs while permitting increased part shape complexity.
  • But uses lower viscosity binder, therefore increasing the potential for powder segregation, and creating porosity in the final molded part.
  • Current LPIM machines have multiple dead spots favoring powder segregation: conduits, injection canal, and injection valve cavity

New design of low-pressure powder metal injection machine

  • Novel design using a sliding table concept to eliminate the conventional valve, injection canal, and conduits
  • Elimination of metal powder segregation during machine pauses
  • Demonstration prototype available
  • Technology developed by Prof. Vincent Demers, Simon Lamarre, and Prof. Jean-François Chatelain (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)

Competitive advantages 

  • Powder metal segregation eliminated
  • High and consistent finished product quality due to elimination of porosities
  • Lower production costs due to low-pressure injection
  • Higher product design complexity

Market applications 

  • Medical devices
  • Aerospace complex parts
  • Prototyping of parts

Business opportunity

  • Technology available for licensing
  • Potential co-development of new and improved LPIM machine
  • PCT CA2017,050526
  • US patent application 16,097,328

CONTACT

If you are interested by this technology, please contact :
Duc LeVan, Director Business Development, Engineering
dlevan@aligo.ca,  (514) 840-1226, Ext. 3003

UNIVERSITY

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

Main inventors

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Vincent Demers, Professor

Prof. Demers is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at École de technologie supérieure (ETS). He has experience and skills in aerospace, high temperature alloys, injection molding of metal powders (MIM), characterization of materials, optimization of manufacturing processes and heat treatments and brazing. His research interests are in materials & manufacturing, aerospace, and land transportation

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Jean-Francois Chatelain, Professor

Prof. Chatelain is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at École de technologie supérieure (ETS). He specializes in computer-aided design and manufacturing, dimensional metrology and co-ordinates as well as the integration of computer-assisted manufacturing and inspection processes into manufacturing production