LPW Technology, the global leader in the manufacture, development and processing of high quality metal powders and the creation of innovative end-to-end solutions for AM, has released the first module of its new case study series, ‘Powder degradation in serial production’. ‘Metal powder reuse regimes and impact on part reproducibility’ is the introduction to a detailed investigation conducted into the degradation of titanium and nickel during repeated use, discussing the concerns and leading into a detailed impact assessment.
“We undertake an extensive Research & Development programme, focused on understanding how AM metal powders perform under different conditions. The outcome of our findings will be used to optimise their reproducibility for AM series production,” says LPW’s Applications Engineer Dr Neil Harrison.
“Part I of this case study describes the mechanisms which drive powder degradation in metal additive manufacturing and introduces the two most widespread metal powder reuse regimes. In the following modules, the degradation of both powder and parts is examined, with thermo-mechanical properties in relation to metal powder degradation being investigated for the first time. The absolute impact of serial production on Inconel 718 and Ti6Al4V is revealed, and a new metric for the measurement of metal powder degradation is created.”
Visit LPW’s Case Study Library here to download part one of this ground-breaking new AM case study for free.
Established in 2007, LPW is the market leader in the manufacture, development and processing of high-quality metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of solutions and services for the AM industry.
LPW’s PowderRange is a series of fully optimised, off-the-shelf powders for AM, supplied to quality management standards AS 9120, AS 9100, ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, and dispatched within 24 hours of receipt of order. Every PowderRange powder is shipped with a test certificate, adding assurance that the consistency and specification have been checked and confirmed in LPW’s laboratories.
PowderLife is LPW’s AM suite of powders, products and solutions designed to support AM in production. AM metal powders are tailored to individual customer specifications with hardware and software solutions to deliver material traceability and control through repeated builds.
LPW Technology will be relocating its headquarters to its purpose-built, metal AM powder manufacturing facility near Liverpool, UK, in 2018. In June 2014, the company established its US operation, LPW Technology Inc., situated near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing analytical services, product inventory and sales support to North and South America.
From these locations the organisation supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base including the aerospace, medical and automotive industries. LPW has sales operations in Germany, Italy and France, and a global network of resellers in China, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam.
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LPW Technology is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2016.
Source: LPW Technology