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MPIF Guide to PM Microstructures Updated

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The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has updated one of its most popular websites.

MPIF Guide to PM Microstructures


The comprehensive website of PM microstructures was recently updated to make the user experience more enjoyable. Several new materials were added including 300 and 400 series stainless steel alloys. Currently there are 118 material/composite/density processing materials listed, with more to come.

Aimed to assist PM parts manufacturers and the end user community to interpret PM microstructures, it builds an appreciation for what a powerful tool metallography can be when:

  • engineering new components
  • designing new materials
  • solving various types of quality problems
  • utilized as a most effective means for quality control

The user will be able to reference materials processed by conventional sintering; elevated temperature sintering; accelerated cooling rates; etc. to determine phase and structures of the materials. Specimen preparation and proper selection of etchants is also covered.