Other powdermetals parts that gleaned an Award of Distinction.
Kinetics, a Climax Engineered Materials Co, Wilsonville, Oreg., earned the Medical/Dental award of distinction for a 316L stainless steel MIM pin shroud made for ArthroCare Corp., San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The part goes in the Opus Magnum Knotless Implant device for arthroscopic surgical repair of torn rotator cuffs. The implant device secures a sutured tendon to the shoulder bone. The pin shroud is implanted into a patient. The near-net-shape pin has a typical density of 7.85 gm/cm3 and tensile and yield strengths of 78 and 29 kpsi, respectively. MIM replaced an assembly made by laser-welding three wire-EDM parts. The single MIM part reduced final assembly time from 15 to just 5 min. per unit.