MIM has been widely used for manufacturing door lock parts, which were initially produced by investment casting process. The main MIM lock parts include the cylinder, bolt, latch and plate.
MIM vs. Investment Casting
MIM can produce thinner wall sections, sharper cutting points
MIM produces better surface finish
MIM is better for small-diameter blind and through holes
MIM greatly reduces requirements for finish machining
MIM produces high volumes of small components at a lower cost, faster lead times