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Manufacturing methods

cated shapes and measures are possible in MIM, for instance, male and female threads could be reproduced reliably. The threading ability is one of the most significant benefits of MIM. In Figure 2, threaded counterparts can be seen. When starting MIM production it is reasonable to use ready-to-mould feedstock. The commercial feedstock is expensive however. Later in the steady-state production, the mixing of own feedstock may become a reasonable option. The main result of the project was that Plastoco decided to establish a MIM production line in Porvoo. Plastoco has found several domestic clients. The export of MIM components has also taken its first steps.

Market potential During the project, the domestic demand for MIM components proved to be large enough to allow MIM production in Finland. Later, markets abroad will become a reality. Today’s trend in component manufacturing is for production to move from Europe to low-cost countries. However, when production is highly automatic, such as in injection moulding, component manufacturing is also cost-effective in Europe. One driver of domestic production and demand is geographical vicinity. The communication, considering the product specification, is fast and easy when the component manufacturer and client are close to each other.

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VTT Research Highlights 3  

Production matters. VTT in global trends. Kai Häkkinen (ed.)

VTT Research Highlights 3  

Production matters. VTT in global trends. Kai Häkkinen (ed.)