Powdered Metal Part Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of powdered metal part manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source powdered metal part manufacturers with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate powdered metal part companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture powdered metal parts for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading powdered metal part manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for powdered metal gears, sintered metal parts, or metal injection molding services.

  • Hayward, CA 510-782-9226

    When it comes to metal powder parts we are dedicated to ensuring that our customers receive only the best! We use materials such as alloy steel, brass magnetic iron, bronze, aluminum and many others to provide you with the parts that you have been searching for. Our design team will work with you to ensure you receive top of the line quality parts that meet your exact requirements.

  • Glendale Heights, IL 630-858-8030

    Our team’s promise at Webster-Hoff is to provide our customers with not only the best quality products, but also the best service. Our designers and engineers use the latest in design and manufacturing technology to deliver high quality, cost-effective products with a quick turnaround time. We work closely with our customers to ensure that they receive the exact product they ask for—all for an affordable price. Contact us today for a complete list of materials and capabilities!

  • St. Marys, PA 814-781-7004

    Catalus Corporation is a leading manufacturer of powder metal parts. Our products include parts used in the automotive, marine, heavy truck, lawn and garden, and recreational vehicle markets. We work with a variety of materials like iron, stainless steel, brass and bronze. Our research and development is done at our Galeton, PA facility and we offer strong engineering support and design assistance to our customers. We are registered to both the IATF-16949:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 standards.

  • Tulsa, OK 918-663-7511

    Since 1967, PSP has been a leader in small, intricate custom powdered metal parts for a wide range of industries, such as Sports & Recreation, Power Tools, Industrial Equipment, Oil & Gas. We make the economic benefits of powder metallurgy – or P/M – available to a wider range of customers. Let us show you the superior design, consistency, precision & finish over casting, forging or machining. [keyword] in

  • Clinton, CT 860-669-8653

    Our products serve industries such as transportation, hardware and tools, garden and law, as well as many others. We have been committed to producing the metal powder parts that you can count to keep your business moving for well over fifty years. Our research and development team keeps our customers on the leading edge of innovations at all times to better serve you. Visit our website today to learn more!

  • Cleveland, OH 866-488-4405

    We do powdered metal and we do it well! We utilize our machines in order to provide you with the products you need exactly when you need them. We are focused on quality and you can count on us to offer nothing but excellent value. To learn more about what we may do for you, contact us by phone or email today!

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Powdered Metal Parts

The term “powdered metal parts” refers broadly to any solid metal part made through a process known as “powder metallurgy,” which involves metal pressed into powder form. Powdered metal parts are used in a diverse set of industries, including automotive engineering, computer technology, electronics, hardware and lawn and garden. Within these industries and others, they are valued for their properties including magnetism and porosity, the latter which naturally dampens sound. The applications of these durable metal parts include: automobile parts, bearings, bushings, magnetic assemblies, structural parts and filtration systems.

The list of metal materials that can be converted into powder metal parts is quite long and includes steel, bronze, brass, aluminum, copper and iron. All of these metals have different properties and, along these same lines, different uses. Steel, including tool steel and stainless steel, has a very high strength and is popular for making parts related to automobile weight reduction. Meanwhile, bronze and brass are both quite dense and mechanically useful. Bronze, however, is the denser of the two and exhibits the highest mechanical performance. Therefore, it is quite popular in the creation of self-lubricating bearings. Next, aluminum exhibits properties of lightness, high flammability and conductivity. These qualities make it popular for use with high strength structural applications and pyrotechnics. Copper, on the other hand, exhibits quality thermal and electrical conductivity. Thus, copper parts are often used in electrical contractor and heat sink applications. Finally, iron powder, which contains a graphite additive, is useful in the production of filters, bearings and structural parts.

Before powdered metal can be formed into a part like one of those mentioned above, it must be formed. This is where the aforementioned process of powder metallurgy, which takes metal from powder to a finished part, comes in. To kick things off, raw metal material is converted into powder by any of the following methods: atomization, chemical reduction, electrolytic techniques, mechanical alloying or pulverization. Note that atomization is the most common process by which metal is turned into powder. Regardless, once the raw metal material has been processed into powder form, it is impregnated with a lubricant that acts as a friction reducer when the powder is sent to the pressing dies. Next, the raw metal powder goes on to said pressing dies, or any other tools and machines used in the forming process. Common among forming processes are forging, molding and pressing. Once the metal has undergone forming, it is put through either sintering or metal injection molding. Most often, manufacturers choose sintering. There are a number of reasons that sintering is more popular than metal injection molding. For one, sintered parts tend not to be shape sensitive, a fact which allows manufacturers to create more diverse parts. In addition, sintering, which uses approximately 97% of the material inputted, produces little waste. During sintering, the compacted raw materials, which are called green parts, are heated together in a furnace at temperatures below their melting part. In this way, the particles are of the green parts are bonded, but the parts’ shapes do not change. Once sintering is complete, the powdered metal part has its final properties, and it also has gained extra strength and better control over its porosity. More porosity control means a part can self-lubricate and can be better used in liquid and gas filtration. The alternative to sintering which some manufacturers use is metal injection molding, which offers more design freedom, reduced waste and reduced assembly costs. It is useful in the creation of small, thin, complex, high performance and high density parts that have higher levels of corrosion resistance and magnetism. Such parts are used widely in the automotive, computer, dental, electronic, firearm, hardware and medical industries. This process, however, is only useful in the creation of small, thin parts and it comes with higher tooling costs than sintering. The process begins when manufacturers add wax or polymers/thermoplastics to the powdered metal via resin impregnation. Then, the metal and the additives are heated together until they become pliable. Once pliable, the combination is injected into a mold, which is then clamped shut. The heated metal is held here until it takes on the shape of the mold, cools and solidifies.

If necessary, a powdered part can undergo secondary operations like machining, heating, deburring or sizing. Finished powdered metal parts look solid, but technically, they are not. Rather, they are made up of many small, interconnected capillaries, which is why they are about 25% porous. If an application requires these pores be sealed, a manufacturer can put the finished part through a few treatments. These include: infiltration with a metal that has a lower melting point, impregnation with oil or plastic resin and steam treatment. Parts with very tight tolerances, such as bearings and bushings, sometimes require secondary sizing.

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