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Low-alloy steel

Osprey® SAE 52100

Osprey® SAE 52100 is a high-carbon bearing steel alloyed with chromium. It has high wear resistance and rolling fatigue strength.

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Powder designed for

  • Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)

This metal powder is manufactured by Inert Gas Atomization (IGA), producing a powder with a spherical morphology which provides good flow characteristics and high packing density.

Technical data

Page updated Sep 11, 2023 12:04 PM CET (supersedes all previous editions)

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  • Chemical composition (nominal), %

  • Powder characteristics and morphology

    Powder for Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)

    Osprey® MIM powder has a spherical morphology, resulting in high packing density. This enables the manufacture of feedstocks with high powder loading, which not only minimizes binder costs but also reduces part shrinkage during debinding and sintering. Spherical powder also has excellent flow characteristics, resulting in reduced tool wear and consistent mould filling.

    Osprey® MIM powder's low oxygen content allows better control of carbon and consistency during sintering. Low oxygen levels, together with high packing density, also facilitate faster sintering.

  • Particle size distribution

    Powder for Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)

    Osprey® metal powder for Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) is available in a wide range of particle size distributions, from under 5 μm up to 38 μm. The table shows our standard particle size distributions for MIM powders.

    Typical particle size distributions for Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)*
    Size (μm) D10 (μm) D50 (μm) D90 (μm)
    ≤ 38 5.5 13.0 31.0
    ≤ 32 5.0 12.0 29.0
    80% ≤ 22 4.5 11.5 27.0
    90% ≤ 22 4.0 10.5 22.0
    90% ≤ 16 3.5 8.0 16.0

    *Particle size measurements performed using a Malvern laser particle size analyzer, typical D10, D50 and D90 provided.

    Tailor-made particle size distributions are available on request. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

  • Testing

    All Osprey® metal powders are supplied with a certificate of analysis containing information on the chemical composition and particle size distribution. Information on other powder characteristics is available upon request.

  • Packaging

    A wide range of packaging options is available, from 5kgs plastic bottles to 250kg metal drums.

    5 kg (11 lbs) Plastic bottles
    6 kg (13 lbs) Plastic bottles
    10 kg (22 lbs) Plastic bottles
    20 kg (44 lbs) Metal cans
    100 kg (220 lbs) Steel drums
    150 kg (330 lbs) Steel drums
    250 kg (551 lbs) Steel drums
    All packaging materials are suitable for air, sea and road freight.

    Contact us for more information and to discuss your packaging requirements.

Disclaimer: Data and recommendations are for guidance only, and the suitability of a powder for a specific process or application can be confirmed only when we know the actual conditions. Continuous development may necessitate changes in technical data without notice. This datasheet is only valid for Osprey® powder.

Range of low-alloy steel

Osprey® Standards* Fe C Cr Ni Mo Si Mn S P
4140 UNS G41400 Bal. 0.38-0.43 0.8-1.1 - 0.15-0.25 0.15-0.35 0.75-1.00 0.04 0.035 4140
4340 UNS G43400 Bal. 0.38-0.43 0.7-0.9 1.65-2.00 0.2-0.3 0.15-0.35 0.6-0.8 <0.040 <0.035 4340
4365 - Bal. 0.62-0.66 0.7-0.9 1.65-2.00 0.2-0.3 0.15-0.30 0.6-0.8 0.04 0.035 4365
4605 AISI 4605 Bal. 0.4-0.6 - 1.5-2.5 0.2-0.5 ≤1.0 - - - 4605
8620 UNS G86200 Bal. 0.18-0.23 0.4-0.6 0.4-0.7 0.15-0.25 0.15-0.35 0.7-0.9 0.04 0.035 8620
SAE 52100 UNS G52986 Bal. 0.98-1.10 1.3-1.6 - - 0.15-0.35 0.25-0.45 0.025 0.025
SCM415 UNS G41180 Bal. 0.13-0.18 0.9-1.2 0.25 0.15-0.30 0.15-0.35 0.6-0.9 0.03 0.03 SCM415

* Information about more standards is available in the datasheet for the respective alloy.

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