custom ceramic injectionCeramic injection molding (CIM) is a sophisticated process applied across industries due to its capability to produce tight-tolerance parts with high precision. Combining material science and the potential of plastic injection molding, custom ceramic injection enables the manufacture of intricate shapes that would otherwise be too expensive or difficult to produce. In today’s article we’ll go over the stages of CIM in detail, providing a deeper understanding of the process. 

What are the stages of injection molding?

It consists of several stages, each of which contributes to the precise manufacturing of high-quality parts. Let’s explore them more thoroughly:

Creating the mold

The first stage involves designing and building the mold through CAD or CAM technology, making sure that it’s feasible to manufacture the part according to the drawing. While the initial cost related to mold creation is relatively high, the process itself is cost-effective since it can yield a large number of parts with high precision, during a short period of time. 

Powder preparation

Selecting the right ceramic powder depends on the requirements of your application. The main factors include the size and the shape of the part. Since the physical state of the powder doesn’t allow for molding, it is then combined with special additives and binders under conditions that are carefully set and monitored in order to reach fluidity. Once the mixture is adequately blended, it’s ready to be injected into the mold. 

Injection molding

The machine feeds the mixture into the molds under high pressure to completely fill the cavity. Once the injected raw material solidifies, it is referred to as the green body, which is then removed from the mold.

Debinding and sintering 

The binders that were initially added to the powder are now removed from the green body through an exothermic reaction and evaporating in a debinding oven, leaving only a very small amount of binders. 

Depending on the type of material, the parts further undergo the process of sintering in a vacuum or an oxidizing atmosphere in a sintering furnace. These furnaces reach high temperatures to improve the part’s strength and density. 

For certain applications, the parts can also be treated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to further increase their strength and density. 


Depending on the application, the final product can undergo certain finishing processes, such as polishing or CNC machining. For applications that require an enhanced surface quality, grinding or polishing is used to create a mirror effect. When it’s necessary to achieve tight tolerances that can’t be completely reached through sintering, CNC machining helps achieve higher precision.  

Final inspection

Injection molding machines feature different control points that allow technicians to closely monitor different parameters such as pressure and temperature, and adjust if necessary, ensuring that the process meets the required criteria. Finally, the parts are thoroughly inspected before packing to ensure they fully comply with the technical specifications.

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