Case Study: Lever
Process: Metal injection molding
End Use and Function
This intricate metal injection molded (MIM) part is used in a latch ejector mechanism for pluggable gigabit Ethernet connections. The specific challenge with this part lies with the goal post arms—their position is critical to product performance
The tool for this part requires multiple slide actions in order to achieve the target geometry. In addition to a complex injection mold, a complex system for setting the part during sintering enabled the elimination of post-sinter cold deformation.
Using MIM to create this part resulted in:
- The elimination of two coining steps (entirely removing the need for coining)
- Economical costs
- Removal of waste from previously machining the part from bar stock.