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Our Capabilities

Continuous Metal Technology, Inc. is capable of the complete design and production of a wide variety of powdered metal (PM) components for many applications.

We do this utilizing both standard pressing, as well as metal injection molding (MIM), along with a vast array of standard or custom materials to fit your needs.

We also have in-house tooling designers who offer engineering assistance on part design and development using Computer Aided Design (CAD), and 3D solid modeling. CAD programs used are both AutoCAD and Solidworks.

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Molding is the process by which our raw material is compressed in a die to the shape of the costumers desired part. Near net shapes of parts and components are achieved in this powdered metal process.


CMT Molding Capabilities

  • Molding presses range from 5 ton to 250 ton capability
  • Multi-Level Pressing Abilities
  • Robust Interface

Continuous Metal Technology is dedicated to providing customers with quality, zero defect products.

  • CMT is ISO 9001:2008 certified & compliant
  • CMT maintains compliance to all applicable TS requirements.
  • Fully certified testing lab services through Product Assurance Testing
  • Maintained and calibrated testing equipment on site:
    • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
    • Optical Comparator
    • Rockwell Hardness Testing
    • Sheffield Air Gage
    • Bore Gage
    • Standard & Non-standard Plug Gages
    • Weight Scales To Conduct Density Evaluation
  • Product Monitored Using SPC Throughout
  • Compliant to AIAG Requirements:
    • Flow Diagrams
    • Control Plans
    • FMEA’s
    • PPAP Requirements

Our quality control department is equipped with a coordinate measuring machine. We comply with AIAG requirements and provide flow charts, FMEA control plans and SPC reports.

ISO 9001:2008 certified and compliant

Fully certified testing lab services available

Our net shape process eliminates many costly operations, but some components require additional operations. We provide a range of secondary operations to fully meet or exceed our customer’s needs.

    • Machining
    • Grinding
    • Drilling
    • Plating
    • Heat Treating
    • Polishing/Tumbling
    • Oil/Resin impregnation
    • Steam Treating
    • Sizing/Coining

Sintering is the heating of a metal compact to join the metal particles increasing the metal components mechanical properties.

We maintain a series of specific sintering furnaces in order to achieve the final properties our customers require. Our furnaces all have the ability to change atmosphere mixes and temperatures. We can achieve a max temperature of 2700°F with the capability to sinter in pure hydrogen. This gives us the versatility to fulfill your requirements in the most cost effective manner. Our sintering department features furnaces of various sizes to give us the versatility to make any product.

Sizing

  • Sizing, Coining, or Restriking is used to reshape the part into a more precise form.
  • Automated and hand sizing is employed to give us the flexibility needed to be cost competitive for all order quantities.
  • Dedicated sizing presses up to 60 tons are available to handle your needs.

CMT Sizing Capabilities

  • 4 fully automated sizing presses
  • 3 single cycle sizing press

Our Products

Brass and Copper

Brass & Copper: Powdered Metal Parts and Components

Brass Metal Components

Brass is used in a variety of component part applications from standard bushings, spacers and bearings, to more complex shaped structural parts, usually where appearance and corrosion resistance are key. Powdered metal brass material is typically available with copper levels ranging from 90% to 70%, and the balance being Zinc.

Copper Applications

Aside from being the main ingredient in both Brass and Bronze material’s; Copper is commonly used for electrical applications, and in areas where high temperature or conductivity is a concern. Copper is also used for infiltration of Iron, Tungsten and other metals. Standard Brass Specifications

  • MPIF CZ-1000-10
    • Tensile Strength 20,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 11,000PSI
    • Elongation 10.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRH 70-75
    • Recommendations: Gives reddish bronze color and is commonly used for mechanical components and hardware applications.
  • MPIF CZ-2000-12
    • Tensile Strength 30,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 13,500PSI
    • Elongation 16% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRH 75-80
    • Recommendations: Classic Yellow “brass” color, high strength and hardware components

Standard Copper Specifications

  • MPIF C-0000-5
  • Tensile Strength 23,000PSI
  • Yield Strength N/A
  • Elongation 20% per inch
  • Apparent Hardness HRH 20-25
  • Recommendations: N/A

Bronze

Bronze: Powdered Metal Parts and Components

Bronze Metal Components

Bronze is used in a variety of component part applications from ‘structural components’ to bronze bushings, self lubricated bearings, Oilite®, and R-Lube®.

Self-Lubricated Bearings

Self-lubricated bearings are standard bronze bearings that are impregnated with any number of oils or lubricants. This is done by putting the parts under vacuum in a bath of oil, which draws the oil into the pores of the bearings. The bearing would then over time release the lubricant. Standard Bronze Specifications

  • MPIF FCTG-3604-K22
    • Tensile Strength N/A
    • Yield Strength N/A
    • Elongation N/A
    • K Value 30,000PSI
    • Recommendations: Low cost bearing material used at light to medium loads and medium to high speeds
    • Equivalent: N/A
  • MPIF CT-1000-K19
    • Tensile Strength 10,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 7,500
    • Elongation N/A
    • K Value 19,000PSI
    • Recommendations: General purpose bearing material.
    • Equivalent; ASTM: B 438-83a class A, type 1
  • MPIF CT-1000-K26
    • Tensile Strength 15,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 11,000PSI
    • Elongation 2% per inch
    • K Value 26,000PSI
    • Recommendations: Ensure some ductility and also resist shock loading.
    • Equivalent; ASTM: B 438-83a class A, type II
  • MPIF CT-1000-K37
    • Tensile Strength 20,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 19,500PSI
    • Elongation 3% per inch
    • K Value 37,000PSI
    • Recommendations: More ductility and will support higher loads. Used in lower speed applications and are often used as a combination of structural parts and bearings.
    • Equivalent; ASTM: B 438-83a class A, type III
  • MPIF: CT-1000-K37
    • Tensile Strength 24,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 21,000PSI
    • Elongation 3% per inch
    • K Value 40,000PSI
    • Recommendations: Used for lower speed applications but has excellent strength for combination of structural parts and bearings.
    • Equivalent; ASTM: B 438-83a class A, type III
  • MPIF: CT-1001-K23
    • Tensile Strength 12,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 10,000PSI
    • Elongation 2% per inch
    • K Value 24,000PSI
    • Recommendations: The bearing will operate under heavy loads and high speeds and under moderately abrasive conditions.
    • Equivalent; ASTM: B 438-83a class B, type III

Iron

Iron: Powdered Metal Parts and Components

CMT produces components from a wide variety of powder metal iron and steel alloys, which are generally known as ferrous powder metal alloys, or ferrous sintered metal alloys.

These include admixed elemental ferrous alloys, diffusion alloyed steels, pre-alloyed low alloy steels, stainless steels, and tool steels.

Admixed, Elemental Ferrous Alloys

Pure Fe can be used for soft magnetic and low strength structural applications. When Fe is admixed with C, Cu, Ni, P, or Si, and processed by powder metallurgy, the result is carbon, copper, nickel, phosphorus, or silicon steels. These steels are used for structural and/or soft magnetic applications. Powder metallurgy permits processing of alloys with chemistries that are very difficult to process by other metalworking technologies.

Diffusion Alloyed Steels

  • Pure Fe is typically partially pre-alloyed (“diffusion alloyed”) with Ni, Cu, and Mo.
  • Graphite (C) is subsequently admixed with the resulting diffusion alloyed steel powder to produce the required C level in the final product. Also, other elemental powder may be admixed at this stage.
  • Diffusion alloyed steels offer the benefits of a soft Fe core, for compressibility, together with alloying elements that are partially sintered/diffused into the core.
  • Diffusion alloyed steels are typically used in medium to high strength structural applications.
  • Strength and wear resistance can be further enhanced by heat treating these steels.
  • MPIF STD 35 material designation is FD.

Prealloyed Low Alloy Steels

  • Typically, Fe is fully alloyed with Ni, Mo, Cu and/or Mn. Each powder particle has the same alloy chemistry.
  • Graphite (C) is subsequently admixed with the prealloyed powder. Other elemental powders may also be added at this stage.
  • Prealloyed low alloy steels are used in high strength structural applications.
  • Strength and wear resistance can be further enhanced by heat treatment.
  • Some of these steels can be sinter-hardened.
  • MPIF STD 35 material designations are FL, FLN, FLN2, FLN4, FLN6 and FLNC.

Iron and Ferrous Alloys

  • MPIF F-0005-25
    • Tensile Strength 38,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 28,000PSI
    • Elongation 1.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 55
    • Recommendations: Used where moderate strength and hardness with extensive machining is required. Increased strength by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-25
  • MPIF F-0005-25 HT
    • Tensile Strength 70,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 28,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 22
    • Recommendations: Used where moderate strength and hardness with extensive machining is required. Increased strength by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-25
  • MPIF FC-2000-40
    • Tensile Strength 40,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 32,000PSI
    • Elongation 1% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 40
    • Recommendations: Material used for both bearings & structural parts. Excellent abrasion resistance.
  • FN-5000
    • Tensile Strength 38,000PSI
    • Yield Strength N/A
    • Elongation 12% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 20-25
    • Recommendations: Best material for soft magnetic applications with very low coercive forces.
  • FY-4500
    • Tensile Strength 45,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 30,000PSI
    • Elongation 7% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 35
    • Recommendations: Very good material for soft magnetic applications.
    • Equivalent MPIF F-0000-20 Modified, ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FLC-460850HT
    • Tensile Strength 60,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 60,000PSI
    • Elongation <1% per inch
    • Recommendations: High strength, high hardness, in a sintered condition. Referred to as “sinter-hardened” material. Used for gears, sprockets and synchronizer hubs.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FN-0205-25
    • Tensile Strength 50,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 30,000PSI
    • Elongation 2.5% per inch
    • Recommendations: Used for moderate strength and wear resistance, good toughness. Suitable for high strength structural parts by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-83
  • MPIF FN-0205-25 HT
    • Tensile Strength 120,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 30,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 30
    • Recommendations: Used for moderate strength and wear resistance, good toughness. Suitable for high strength structural parts by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-83
  • MPIF FN-0405-35
    • Tensile Strength 60,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 40,000PSI
    • Elongation 3% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 70
    • Recommendations: High tensile strength and toughness in a sintered condition. Good for high strength structural parts by hardening & tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FN-0405-35 HT
    • Tensile Strength 130,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 40,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 30
    • Recommendations: High tensile strength and toughness in a sintered condition. Good for high strength structural parts by hardening & tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FL-4205-100HT
    • Tensile Strength 110,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 110,000PSI
    • Elongation <.05% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 35
    • Recommendations: This material is typically used when high performance materials capable of being heat-treated are required. Provides high strength and wear resistance after hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FC-0205-40
    • Tensile Strength 50,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 45,000PSI
    • Elongation 1% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 60
    • Recommendations; Suitable for general structural parts when secondary machining is required.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FC-0205-40 HT
    • Tensile Strength 80,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 45,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 30
    • Recommendations: Suitable for general structural parts when secondary machining is required.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF DC-0208-60
    • Tensile Strength 75,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 65,000PSI
    • Elongation <1.0% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 80
    • Recommendations: Material used for higher strength structural parts. Good abrasion resistance. Increased strength by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93, SAE 864 grade 1 class 3
  • MPIF DC-0208-60 HT
    • Tensile Strength 105,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 65,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 40
    • Recommendations: Material used for higher strength structural parts. Good abrasion resistance. Increased strength by hardening and tempering.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93, SAE 864 grade 1 class 3
  • MPIF FN-0208-35
    • Tensile Strength 55,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 40,000PSI
    • Elongation 1.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 70
    • Recommendations: Suitable for high strength structural parts by hardening and tempering and retaining toughness.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FN-0208-35 HT
    • Tensile Strength 120,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 40,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 30
    • Recommendations; Suitable for high strength structural parts by hardening and tempering and retaining toughness.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-93
  • MPIF FC-0208-50
    • Yield Strength 50,oooPSI
    • Hardness HRB 73
    • Density 6.8 g/pc

Metal Injection Molding

Metal Injection Molding (MIM): Parts and Components

Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is a process that combines the benefits and unique material possibilities of metal powder processing and the shape complexity possible with plastic injection molding.

In this process spherical or semi-rounded metal powder is combined with a melted thermoplastic binder, extruded and cooled to form feedstock pellets which are then used in a plastic injection molding machine to form complex shapes. Also MIM parts have superior mechanical and corrosion properties compared to conventional powdered metal parts. Many unique and/or difficult to process materials (using conventional manufacturing techniques such as machining) are possible with Metal Injection Molding without an increased level of difficulty. Examples include materials such as tungsten carbide, tungsten heavy alloys, other refractory materials, and tool steels. In parts where extensive machining would have been used, especially when combined with costly materials or high hardness can realize significant cost savings over machining due to the net shape or near net shape forming process possible with injection molding. MIM Materials

  • MIM 4605 HT
    • Tensile Strength 240,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 215,000PSI
    • Elongation 2% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 48
    • Recommendations: Soft magnetic material used in applications requiring high magnetic output at lowest cost such as for cores and solenoids. Also used in low to moderately stressed components such as firearms sights.
  • MIM-2200
    • Tensile Strength 48,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 26,000PSI
    • Elongation 31% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 44
    • Recommendations: Conforms to MPIF MIM-2200 (Formerly MIM-4600). Readily case hardened to 50-60 HRC equivalent hardness. Used for components in firearms, automotive transmissions, steering columns, and computers. MPIF MIM-4650 material is also available.
  • MIM-2700
    • Tensile Strength 97,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 74,000PSI
    • Elongation 8% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 84
    • Recommendations: Conforms to MPIF MIM-2700. Readily case hardened to 50-60 HRC equivalent hardness. Used for components in firearms, automotive transmissions, steering columns, and computers.
  • MIM-Fe-50% Ni
    • Tensile Strength 60,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 24,000PSI
    • Elongation 20% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 55
    • Recommendations: Soft magnetic material used for applications requiring high permeability and rapid magnetic response such as valve actuators, torque motors and relays.
  • MIM-Fe-5%Mo
    • Tensile Strength 59,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 31,000PSI
    • Elongation 34% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 66
    • Recommendations: Soft magnetic material used for DC applications requiring a combination of high magnetic output and very good mechanical properties.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Components

Sintered Stainless Steel Component Parts offer an array of beneficial properties:

  • Optimum corrosion resistance
  • Good weldability
  • High strength and good formability
  • Savings of up to 50% over traditional forming techniques

We develop and manufacture customized components from stainless steel powdered metal, in particular high-quality grades that are guaranteed fully stainless, impermeable and suitable for welding. At the same time, the material has similar strength to that of solid stainless steel. The process involves pressing the stainless powder into a pre-defined geometry. During the subsequent high-temperature sintering process, the component obtains its final shape and strength. Furthermore, the special sintering process ensures a high quality alloy to meet or exceed your stainless steel component part needs. Areas of Applications for Powdered Metal Stainless Steel:

  • Fittings, brackets, and handles
  • Couplings
  • Special nuts and bolts
  • Pump and motor parts
  • Valves and nozzles
  • Gearwheels

Standard Stainless Steel Specifications

  • MPIF SS-302N2-35
    • Tensile Strength 68,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 45,000PSI
    • Elongation 10% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 63-68
    • Recommendations: Austenitic machining grade, preferred for parts requiring extensive machining, non-magnetic high strength and hardness. Good corrosion resistance, requesting the highest corrosion resistance will lower the strength, increase the ductility than that specified.
    • Equivalent to ASTM: B 783-90
  • MPIF SS-304N2-33
    • Tensile Strength 70,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 45,000PSI
    • Elongation 15% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 63-68
    • Recommendations: General purpose austenitic grade, has good strength and corrosion resistance. Non-magnetic and non-machinable. Weak magnetic property. Requesting the highest corrosion resistance will lower the strength, increase ductility than that specified.
    • Equivalent to ASTM: B 783-90
  • MPIF SS-316N2-38
    • Tensile Strength 70,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 45,000PSI
    • Elongation 13% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 63-70
    • Recommendations: Corrosion resistance is better than SS-303. First choice for general applications. Non-magnetic, Requesting the highest corrosion resistance will lower the strength, increase ductility than that specified.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-90
  • MPIF SS-410-90HT
    • Tensile Strength 105,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 105,000PSI
    • Elongation <0.5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 20
    • Recommendation: Used in applications requiring hardness and wear resistance. Carbon is added for increased heat-treatment response. It has fair corrosion resistance and poor machinability.
    • Equivalent ASTM: B 783-90
  • MPIF SS-430N2-28
    • Tensile Strength 60,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 35,000PSI
    • Elongation 5% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 63-68
    • Recommendations: Lower magnetic properties than the 410 series but has higher corrosion and elongation. Used where a higher fatigue life and corrosion resistance is needed above the 410 series. Requesting the highest corrosion resistance will lower the strength, increase ductility than that specified.
  • SS-434N4
    • Tensile Strength 55,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 42,000PSI
    • Elongation 15% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRB 75-95
    • Recommendations: Lower magnetic properties than the 430 series but has higher corrosion resistance than any 400 series. Used where a higher fatigue life and corrosion is critical and a 300 series is not practical. Requesting the highest corrosion resistance will lower the strength, increase ductility than that specified.
  • MIM 17-4PH (MIM)
    • Tensile Strength 190,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 170,000PSI
    • Elongation 6% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 41
    • Recommendations: Precipitation hardening stainless steel used in applications requiring high strength good ductility, and good corrosion resistance such as for medical, surgical, and firearms parts. Properties listed are in the “H900” heat treated condition.
    • Equivalent MPIF MIM-17-4 PH solution treated and aged.
  • MIM 316L (MIM)
    • Tensile Strength 78,000PSI
    • Yield Strength 30,000PSI
    • Elongation 50% per inch
    • Apparent Hardness HRC 68
    • Recommendation: Used in applications requiring excellent corrosion resistance, including medical, dental, surgical, computer, and telecommunications.
    • Equivalent to MPIF MIM-316L

Specialty Products

Specialty Products

In addition to Metal Injection Molding (MIM) the specialty products division of Continuous Metal Technology has expertise and equipment enabling production of refractory metal parts from materials such as molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum, super-alloys and carbide containing tool steels, cobalt alloys and many others.

We have extensive experience manufacturing parts from tungsten-copper, tungsten iron, tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten-nickel-copper as well as precipitation hardening tool steel and stainless steels.

Our ability to blend and produce our own feedstocks give our customers an endless array of engineering choices.