Questions regarding sintering of metals

I hope someone is familiar with sintering processes well enough to
explain to me a little about the limitations of sintering. I have a
sintered component in my hand that's basically rectangular (consistent
thickness) with a slot through the length of the center of the rectangle
and one end of the rectangle sort of rounded and with some very sharp
little points (edges, actually) on the outside of it. These sharps are
not created by post-processing, but in the sintering mold itself.
However, there seems to be some limitations that the sintering shop (in
Taiwan) has regarding depth and number of the sharps. But between them
not speaking English well and me not speaking Chinese (at all) I can't
get very much more than "we can't do it" out of 'em. No real idea WHY
they can't do it. Anybody willing to strike up a "conversation" on the
Mark 'Sporky' Stapleton
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Mark: It sounds like you need a tutorial on powder metallurgy (P/M) written by some folks from New Jersey who can speak English. Just download the P/M design primer .pdf file from the Metal Powder Industrries Federation at
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Pittsburgh Pete
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What are common materials and methods used in mold/sintered product release? What is the most common rule of thumb for releaseing >10:1 aspect ratios? Can >10:1 be achieved across micron to 10s of mm range?
Thanks, wboer
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