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Advantages of Powder Metal processing are many. Typically, pressed and sintered parts can be produced with 100% material utilization. The manufacturing process requires minimal energy in comparison to competing metal-working technologies. High volume production rates of complex shapes are achievable with fewer production steps. Precise tolerance capability is accompanied by excellent surface finish. When tighter tolerances are required, parts can be formed to near-net shape and machined to the desired tolerance. This approach typically results in less material removal, faster cycles times and longer tool life. Fully martensitic properties are achievable. Material properties are easily tailored to specific design requirements. Self-lubricating or dampening properties are inherent in many available materials. Parts can be processed to provide excellent weldability and corrosion properties.