Norbert B. Elsner - La Jolla CA Stanley Zalkind - La Jolla CA Ian Sidney R. Clark - San Diego CA Fred Leavitt - San Diego CA
Hi-Z Technology, Inc. - San Diego CA
B22F 326 B22F 706 B29C 4514
A powder injection molding and infiltration process. A powder of a skeleton material having a relatively high melting point is mixed with a composite binder to form a mold mixture. The composite binder is comprised of at least two binder materials. The mold mixture is molded into a desired shape in a mold device to produce a molded part. The composite binder is then removed to produce voids in the molded part and the voids are filled by infiltrating an infiltrant comprised of an infiltrant material having a relatively low melting point to produce a composite molded part. In a preferred embodiment the skeleton material is TiB. sub. 2 and the infiltrant material is aluminum and the composite binder is comprised of a plastic and a wax. In this embodiment the wax portion of the composite binder is removed using a solvent and the plastic is removed during the infiltration step. The resulting composite part has a TiB. sub.