Injection molding (IM) — the process of injecting plastic material into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity — is best used to mass-produce highly accurate, and often complex, three dimensional (3D) end-use parts and products. However, the development of molds for this process is often painstaking, highly expensive and time intensive. It is with these issues in mind that manufacturers have begun to embrace the use of 3D printed molds to create functional IM prototypes.
Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional (3D) models layer by layer as opposed to subtractive methods that remove material.
Based on our experience with powder metallurgy for the preparation of permanent magnets, thermoelectrics and fuel cell materials AMEN is embarked in this exciting field using 3D-printerw from the market and preparing our own
- Nanocomposite filaments ( magnetic, thermoelectric powders with nylon-12, PLA, etc)
- Nanoinks ( magnetic, thermoelectric powders with highly conductive solutions)
to produce and characterize a series of novel functional near net shape structures.