Sintering is a powder metallurgy thermal process which results in consolidation of the materials. This consolidation yields mechanical characteristics comparable to those of conventional metal materials.
Sinter hardening is a heat treatment which further stabilises and compacts the sintered material, thus obtaining very high mechanical specifications.
- no need for subsequent heat treatment;
- the reduced drasticity of the hardening fluid reduces deformation and improves dimensional control;
- sinter hardened parts do not need to be washed prior to finishing (galvanic treatment, etc.).