In the highly specialized field of materials engineering, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and Metal Injection Molding (MIM) are key techniques that continue to advance. When utilized together in manufacuring, these technologies deliver reliably improved component performance. By leveraging the unique advantages HIP, our Kittyhawk team works every day to meet the demands of modern MIM engineering applications across industries.
Metal Injection Molding
MIM is a popular method for manufacturing intricate and high-volume metal components. It combines the design flexibility of plastic injection molding with the strength and durability of metal. However, even with its advantages, the MIM process can sometimes result in parts with porosity or the inability to reach theoretical density post-sinter.
Hot Isostatic Pressing
HIP is a process that subjects parts to elevated temperatures and isostatic gas pressure in a closed chamber. The result? Any microstructural defects, like porosity or inclusions, are effectively eliminated. For MIM parts, this ensures that the components achieve their peak mechanical properties, lifespan, and consistency.
When MIM and HIP are combined, the benefits are manifold and full density is achieved. The MIM process creates complex parts efficiently, and the subsequent HIP treatment ensures that these parts meet or exceed quality and durability requirements. This combined approach is especially crucial in industries like aerospace and defense, where component failure is not an option.
With over four decades in the industry, Kittyhawk has seen the evolution of material processing firsthand and we have been at the forefront of developing advancements. Whether it’s parts for the aerospace sector or the medical industry, our HIP process caters to varied requirements, ensuring top-notch results every time. In industries where time is of the essence, we guarantee swift service without compromising on quality.
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Kittyhawk Inc. is a premier provider of Hot Isostatic Pressing services, established in 1981. We cater to various industries such as aerospace, defense, automotive, oil & gas, firearms, medical, and commercial, delivering quality parts with quick turnaround times. Adhering to AS9100 and NADCAP standards, we also comply with ITAR and EAR import and export regulations and hold a CLASS 07 FFL. Visit www.kittyhawkinc.com to learn more.