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In any given working environment, the lifetime and performance of components is influenced by the phenomena it will encounter, such as corrosion, wear, fatigue, thermal effects, etc. An optimal solution requires a deep understanding of the purpose and the environment to which the component will be exposed.

Whether on the surface or beyond, Oerlikon Metco provides economic solutions to enhance components’ lifetime, performance and reliability. The functional solutions here are some of the many where Oerlikon Metco’s application-tailored methodology has successfully solved the design challenges faced by our customers.

Benefit from Oerlikon Metco’s expertise in materials technology to solve challenges that go beyond the surface. We work with many industries to develop and provide materials that result in successful, optimized solutions for a range of industrial processes. The value of our capabilities to provide your material solutions include: A variety of processes we have to produce materials, so we can choose the best process for your application A highly experienced applications team ready to consult with you and thoroughly understand your needs  Our expert materials R&D team that will develop and prototype your solution Extensive in-house testing capabilities and even broader partnerships with research institutes and testing facilities

Biocompatibility

Biocompatibility is the ability of a material or component to be readily accepted by living tissue.

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Joining

There are many different methods to join two or more sub-assemblies together. Brazing is one of the methods favored by industry. Brazing is a joining process wherein metals are bonded together using a filler metal that melts at a temperature (liquidus) greater than 450 °C (840 °F), but lower than the melting temperature of the base metal. Filler metals are generally alloys of silver (Ag), aluminum (Al), gold (Au), copper (Cu), cobalt (Co) or nickel (Ni). The advantages to brazing include:

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Metal / Ceramic Injection Molding (MIM / CIM)

MIM and CIM are very cost-effective fabrication processes to make large volumes of small parts, particularly those having complex geometries. The processes employ fine powders of metal (MIM) or ceramic (CIM) that are first mixed with a binder and then injected into molds that shape and solidify the parts. Post-molding processes remove the binder and densify the parts. This results in parts that have the strength and properties of traditionally manufactured counterparts at much lower cost.

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Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP)

HIP has long been used as a method to densify parts fabricated by other means. However, the process is also very useful for the fabrication of near net shapes. This is known in the industry as Powder Metallurgy Hot Isostatic Pressing (PM HIP).

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Near-Net Shapes for Prototyping

Near-net shape technology can also be used for rapid prototyping. A coating is sprayed onto a male or female mandrel to the desired thickness. Upon release from the mandrel, final machining is performed. For prototypes, this alleviates the need for expensive investment molds and test pours.

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