PM Process Planning

The first step in quality planning is a dialogue between engineering teams of the P/M part producer and the customer. At this stage, finished product (generally an assembled component) can be evaluated, and preliminary part prints may be exchanged. While the product is still "on paper" relatively inexpensive design changes should be considered to accommodate the P/M process and lower overall cost. Design factors in P/M manufacturing are addressed elsewhere in this Volume.

After final part prints have been agreed to, the P/M manufacturing process can be engineered. Several of the key factors include tooling dimensions, sintering parameters, and secondary operations such as heat treating and machining.

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