Hand Tools & Recreation Case Studies

Hand tools and recreation components include hand guns, hunting rifles, motorcycle parts, and much more. Powder metallurgy (PM) is an integral part of day-to-day life. You’ll find it in your home appliances, basic household tools, and even recreational vehicles like motorcycles and ATVs.

The case studies below are a collection of award-winning parts submitted to the Metal Powder Industries Federation’s annual PM Design Excellence Awards competition in the Hand Tools & Recreation category.

Retainer Weight

Retainer Weight

The award was given to a sinter-hardened steel retainer weight that operates in the transmission of large motorcycles, controlling the on/off position of the clutch…

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Trigger

Trigger

The trigger goes into an adjustable trigger system on a pump-action shotgun. The complex part geometry was a challenge overcome, but the use…

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Rifle Bolt

Rifle Bolt

This powder metallurgy component is a rifle bolt used in a Crickett 22LR rifle. To pass qualification testing, the component had to to withstand 20,000 rounds of firing tests…

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Cable-Tie Tool Parts

Cable-Tie Tool Parts

This cable-tie hand tool assembly consists of six metal injection molding (MIM) parts—pinion, nosepiece, pawl gripper, insertable rack…

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Pistol Breech Block

Pistol Breech Block

This breech block is inserted into the slide body of a .22 caliber pistol and creates the breech face and other critical functions. The unique geometry…

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Bathtub Drain Tool

Bathtub Drain Tool

This bathtub drain tool is an assembly of five powder metallurgy components—two drain wings, drain top, drain bottom, and drain shaft…

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