LPW Technology Establishes New R&D Facility for AM Metal Powder Degradation

 

LPW Technology, a market leader in the development, manufacture and supply of cutting edge metal powder solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), has established a new R&D facility. The facility is located within the internationally recognised Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, UK. The purpose of this significant investment is to further develop LPW’s products and solutions to address the issues of metal powder degradation and contamination during the AM process. The facility, which houses a number of metal printers, will be led by LPW’s Technical Director, Andy Florentine.

LPW Technology expands into the Campus Technology Hub (Photo courtesy of LPW Technology)

LPW Technology expands into the Campus Technology Hub (Photo courtesy of LPW Technology)

Dr Phil Carroll, MD and founder of the business commented that “In addition to expanding our powder manufacturing capabilities, we see the future of metal AM in solving the problems associated with how the powder is reused within the AM machine. We call the solution PowderLife –  a metal powder lifecycle management system that strictly controls risk and traceability for AM metal part manufacturers. It is an integrated suite of software, hardware, analysis, applications support and, of course, metal powders.”

Part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire, Daresbury Laboratory is a UK government facility dedicated to world leading scientific research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science.

Andy Florentine, further commented that “By combining these skills with LPW’s expertise, we are together creating a ‘Centre of excellence in metal 3D printing’ here in the UK that will support the global industry.”

As Michael Norris, Head of Business Incubation from STFC, Daresbury commented “We are delighted that LPW Technology has chosen to locate in our facility. This is an excellent example of UK scientific funding, STFC world-class R&D facilities and a dynamic, self-made business coming together to meet the commercial, process manufacturing needs of high tech industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, defence and energy sectors.”

LPW is an innovative market leader adding knowledge and reliability to the fast growing metal 3D printing industry. The company has 90 highly skilled staff working from LPW’s head office in Runcorn, Cheshire, along with offices in the US and Germany. The Company has developed a unique portfolio of products and software to increase yield and reduce risk in the AM process.

About LPW Technology
Established in 2007, LPW is an innovative market leader adding knowledge and reliability to the fast growing metal 3D printing industry, through the development and supply of metal powders and controls for additive manufacturing, The Company provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry ranging from the development of new alloys, provision of expert application support, and analytical testing of powder and built parts. The company has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with standard powders supplied from stock, and custom and development alloys available on request.

LPW Technology invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service. LPW PowderSolve®, a proprietary software package, supports efficient powder lifecycle management, as part of PowderLife.

The Company is headquartered in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. In June 2014 LPW formally established a US subsidiary; LPW Technology Inc. situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to provide analytical services, product inventory, and sales support to our customers in North and South America. From these locations the company supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base drawn from the aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. LPW has 70 highly skilled staff working from its head office in Runcorn, Cheshire, a fast-growing facility in Pittsburgh, and an office in Germany, in addition there is a worldwide network of partnerships with official representatives in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Turkey; committed to supporting adoption of AM technologies globally with combined expertise and local knowledge.

The company operates to quality control standards: AS 9100 & AS 9120 for aerospace, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 for medical.

LPW and POWDERSOLVE® are registered trademarks

Source: LPW Technology Inc.

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