Metal Injection Molding and Wax/Binder Extraction

The Metal injection molding (MIM) process is a quickly evolving technology designed to reduce manufacturing costs by replacing the skilled operators and expensive machinery used with a simple casting (molding) operation. In this process, a powdered metal is mixed with a waxy binder and molded into a precision shape. The wax then must be completely removed prior to the metal being reflowed back into a solid. High-volume MIM processes “dewax” by putting the parts into a cleaning fluid to remove most of the wax. This enables shorter times in sintering ovens and higher throughput.

Several MicroCare products have higher boiling points than many alternative fluids, which makes them excellent dewaxing solvents for heavy greases and paraffins.