Electric motor design is about more than just reducing cost -- it’s about the chance to get innovative and exceed performance expectations.
If you’re already experimenting with new electric motor solutions that are a little "different,” consider incorporating powder metallurgy (PM) into your plan. Whether you’re looking for electric motor efficiency or cost reduction, chances are a PM solution exists.
Use this hub as a resource for understanding the advantages of powder metallurgy for motor applications vs. competing technologies like electrical steel laminations. Below you can learn more about the untapped potential powder metallurgy holds for motor makers -- and how you can use it to push the boundaries of your design.
Using powder metal parts to cut costs is nothing new. Using powder metal components to further the “electrification” of transportation and other electromagnetic applications is the new frontier for driving performance and cost-efficiency to new heights.
In the case of transportation, these opportunities go far beyond the traditional automobile. Powder metallurgy processes and materials are seeing more use in:
Powder metal materials and processes can optimize both AC and DC motors -- everything from axial flux motors to magnetic torque tunnels. Basically, anything that needs to be small and efficient needs to include metal powder parts.
In the race to innovate, electric motor designers no longer need a “good enough” solution, they need a great solution. Powder metallurgy’s benefits go hand in hand with cutting-edge design.
How can Horizon help you brainstorm a solution? Share your design challenges via the form, and an expert engineer will get back to you shortly.
Fran Hanejko is an industry-leading expert who works with Horizon as our Senior Advanced Materials Engineer. Fran has decades of experience in powder metallurgy, including managing customer applications for a world-leading raw material supplier. He graduated from Drexel University in 1974 with a master’s degree in materials engineering.
Contact Fran with your materials questions by filling out the form on this page.
Powder Metallurgy (PM) has established itself as a leading-edge parts manufacturing process - enabling new designs with simplified production while simultaneously offering cost effectiveness and reduced carbon emissions. What started out offering self-lubricating bearings has evolved into a process capable of meeting the most stringent mechanical property demands for automotive, lawn and garden, HVAC, power tools... This high performance evolution at Horizon Technology is a synergy of unique powders coupled with advancements in both compaction and sintering technologies to create 3 pillars of powder metallurgy.
Today’s manufacturing environment demands flexibility of design along with minimum energy consumption and long-term reliability. Flexibility of design means the ability to create complex 3D shapes while minimizing machining losses (also an energy waster). What if you can take your current design, either a single piece (requiring extensive machining) or a complex multi-piece assembly, and convert it into one piece with known reliability and potential cost-saving advantages. The answer is powder metallurgy (PM). PM is an established metal-forming process that utilizes particulate materials that is compacted in a closed die enabling a wide variety of shapes, see figure 1 below for some of the many shapes enabled by PM.
Much like the automotive market, the electric motor market is undergoing a dramatic revolution aimed at higher performance and reduced energy consumption. This is not to suggest that the traditional radial flux motor design will be totally replaced but there are numerous new and existing applications where weight, size, performance, and energy consumption will play a more dominant role in the motor selection. The old adage of “one size fits all” can no longer be used in the design of electric motors with each application having its own unique requirements. What are the current new motor design types under consideration and what are their potential advantages?
You may be asking why we’re advocating for the use of Ultra High-Temperature Sintering (UHTS) for powder metal components – As discussed previously, this revolutionary sintering process offers performance-enhancing benefits (such as lighter weight, reduced size, and higher fatigue strength) to a wide variety of applications (speed reducer sets, transmission components, ceiling fans, mobility applications, parking pawls, and more).