This year, at the MPIF Design Excellence Awards, Indo-MIM emerged a clear winner in the Hand Tools/ Recreation category.

Design innovation, superior engineering properties, high end-market visibility and sustainability distinguish the winners at these awards. Sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), the awards were presented at New Jersey, USA during the 2011 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate (PowderMet2011).

Award winning profile
Indo-MIM’s award-winning component was a 17-4PH stainless steel hammer used in a Leatherman Tool Group

A product of Indo-MIM’s metal injection molding process, the intricately complex part performs five of the MUT’s 27 functions. It is formed to a density of 7.5 g/cm3 and has an ultimate tensile strength of 175,000 psi, yield strength of 158,000 psi, heat-treated 35–40 HRC hardness, and a minimum 6% elongation. Secondary operations include threading two tapped holes, age hardening and glass-bead blasting, and an optional blackening treatment performed by Leatherman.