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Welcome to the MACHINABILITY Powder Metallurgy Self-Study Course

A Course on the Machining PM Materials


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This Self-Study Course provides the fundamental principles of machining of powder metallurgy (PM) materials.  The student will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of PM machining and materials.   The Course has a strong technical emphasis on concepts to improve the machinability of PM materials addressing topics such as additives, cutting fluids, economics of tool choices, tool coatings and PM material morphology.  This technically in-depth Course provides valuable knowledge for career development. 

Target Audience
  • Materials Engineers and Technologists
  • Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Process, and Aerospace Engineers
  • Quality Assurance Engineers and Technologists
  • Management and Overseers of Powder Metallurgy Organizations
Recommended Pre-Requisites 

MPIF’s Basic PM Short Course and Sintering Course. 

Duration of Course

This Course contains fifteen (15) pre-recorded segments that average 35 minutes each.  The Course will be open to the student for 2 months from the date of purchase.  

Materials Included


  • Powder Metallurgy Design Manual 
  • Machining & Machinability of PM Components
  • Secondary Operations Compilation: Theory & Equipment Related 
Cost of Course - $800 per individual for less than 6 employees
                            $700 per individual for groups of 6-9 employees
                            $600 per individual for groups of 10 or more employees

                                    (Contact Stephanie Schember to register multiple employees.)

This Course contains fifteen (15) pre-recorded segments that average 35 minutes each.  Below is a listing of lectures with a short description of goals/objectives that will be defined within the lecture. 

Part 1  Machining of PM Materials – Why is it « different » from a Metallurgical Point of View, Carl Blais, Laval University

Part 2  An Overview of Machining PM Materials— “Read the Process”, Thorsten Upmeier, Federal-Mogul Burscheid GmbH

Part 3  PM Material Systems and Machinability, Roland Warzel III, North American Höganäs

Part 4  Machinability of PM Steels: Machining Aids and Microstructures, Neal Kraus, Hoeganaes Corporation

Part 5  Modern Tools and Techniques for Machining PM Materials, Don Graham, Seco Tools, LLC

Part 6  Methods for Evaluating Machinability on PM parts, John Engquist, FAPMI, JENS Solutions LLC

Part 7  Machining Metal AM Parts: What's Old, What's New?, Prof. Edward De Meter, The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Part 8  Machinability of Ferrous PM Materials: Microstructure Effect on Machinability, W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech

Part 9  An Edgy, Cutting Edge View of the Cutting Edge Design of PcBN and PCD Tools, Bill Shaffer, Conicity Technologies

Part 10  Innovative Use of Statistics and Design of Experiments for PM Machining Optimization, Thorsten Upmeier, Federal-Mogul Burscheid GmbH

Part 11  General Principles to Design & Build a Cutting Tool (Reamers), Gary McCarel, Star-SU / Star Cutter Company Tom Schulte, Star-SU / Star Cutter Company

Part 12  Abrasive Form Grinding – The perfect Pairing of Precision and Aggression, Matthew Brown, Advanced Automotive Grinding

Part 13  Resin Impregnation for Improved Machinability of PM Parts, John Halladay, Godfrey & Wing Inc. 

Part 14  The Science of Why Ferrous Materials Containing MnS Rust after Sintering, Craig Stringer, Atlas Pressed Metals

Part 15  Proactive Use of PCBN Tools for PM Machining, Brett Young, Shape-Master Tool Company

Once you've registered (with the button above), you will be enrolled in the course and will receive an email confirmation within 24 business hours of registration.  You will then see a new button at the top of this page that says "Course Videos".  Click on this to link to view the course content.

User Agreement

To purchase a Self-Study Course, you must have a registered account with MPIF/APMI and be able to log into your account using your username and password. When you place your order, you are committing to the terms and conditions for the Course. All Intellectual Property Rights in the Course remain, the intellectual property of MPIF. You are not authorized to:

  • copy, modify, reproduce, re-publish, sub-license, sell, upload, broadcast, post, transmit or distribute any of the Course materials 
  • record on video or audio tape, relay by videophone or other means the Course 
  • use the Course materials in the provision of any other course or training
  • remove any copyright or other notice of MPIF on Course materials
  • modify, adapt, merge, translate, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer (save to the extent permitted by law) any software forming part of the Course

*Note: Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted media, such as publications, videos, and images. 

Breach of the above shall allow us to immediately terminate these terms and conditions with you and cease to provide you with any services, including but not limited to access to the Course. 

In consideration of the fees paid by you, we grant to you limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive permission to use the Course materials for the sole purpose of completing the online Course.

Recommended Computer and Internet Requirements per Vimeo 

The Vimeo website and player are supported on most popular desktop and mobile platforms. We strongly recommend keeping your device’s operating system and browser as up-to-date as possible to avoid any bugs or potential security vulnerabilities.

The quality of your video playback experience is largely dependent on the download speed you have from your internet service provider (ISP). Keep in mind that your overall internet speed can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to, the time of day, Wi-Fi performance, other devices/users utilizing your connection, and the strength of the signal provided by your ISP.

Below you will find minimum requirements for accessing vimeo.com and playing the Course videos.

Download Speeds 

  • 10 Mbps minimum download bandwidth
  • Hardwired ethernet connections are preferred over wireless (Wi-Fi or cellular)
  • Test your Internet speed using a service such as www.speedtest.net 

Desktop OS and Browser 
The following browsers and versions on Windows 7 or later or macOS Sierra (10.12.6) or later:

  • Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates), Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates)*, Microsoft Edge, Safari 9+ 

*H.264 video (required for viewing Vimeo videos) is only supported in Firefox for Windows 7 and later. Firefox versions on Windows XP are no longer supported for playback.

Firewalls and whitelisted domains
Ensure the following ports are open on your network for playback:

  • TCP/UDP 80 (HTTP)
  • TCP/UDP 443 (HTTPS)

In addition, if you are on a corporate network (office, university, hotel, etc.) that restricts access to certain websites or domains, you should have the following domains whitelisted:

  • *.vimeo.com
  • *.vimeocdn.com
  • *.magisto.com
  • *.akamaized.net
  • *.cloudfront.net 

All Self-Study Course purchases are considered final.  However, a full refund may be provided if requested in writing to MPIF within 14 days of purchase of a Course, provided the Course materials had not been accessed more than one time during that 14-day period.   


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