Powder metal (PM) processes are becoming better known for their ability to produce complex parts with robust mechanical properties while keeping manufacturing costs at bay. The 2006 Powder Metallurgy Design Awards, a competition sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, illustrated a collection of the best powder metal components used in lawn-and-garden, off-highway, appliance, hardware, electronics and tool applications. Here's a look at three of the winning parts, all of which make smart use of secondary operations to enhance PM's off-the-press properties.
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