Aerospace and Military Case Studies

From filters on medical and emergency breathing systems to firearms to aerospace engines, powder metallurgy (PM) has been intricate to the defense and aerospace industries for decades. When it comes to safety, powder metallurgy meets or exceeds customer requirements. If your company is looking for reliability, high-quality, consistency, and efficiency, then PM might be right for you.

The aerospace and military case studies below are a small sampling of award-winning parts submitted to the Metal Powder Industries Federation’s annual Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition.

Canard

Canard

This stainless steel powder metallurgy (PM) component is used on the Talon, an add-on guidance and control package that transforms a legacy 70-mm

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Internal Latch

Internal Latch

This component, made from a low-alloy steel, is an internal latch that drives a subassembly for the telescoping feature of the collapsible stock on MCX and MPX rifles.

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Ferrule Aerospace Component

Ferrule

This ferrule is used in aerospace engines to provide a conductive path between the screen and engine. It also provides

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Front Site Base

Front Sight Base

The size of this component, which is much larger than the typical metal injection molded (MIM) part, as well as the complex geometry, presented a challenge for the MIM process.

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2011 Award of Distinction: Rear Sight

Rear Sight

Complex part geometry drove the need for an elaborate tool design with tight tolerances making metal injection molding (MIM) the most costed effective and high-quality method of production.

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U Bracket & Stop

U-Bracket and Stop

The two metal injection molded parts shown are a U-bracket and stop, and are used in a Feedbox Support Improvement Kit (FSIK) for an M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW) used by the U.S. Military.

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2012 Grand Prize: Rotor

Rotor

A compact, lightweight, hand-emplaced munition device with extensive design and qualification requirements including cost efficiency and control.

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