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.
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.
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.
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.
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.