14th November, 2016: Runcorn, UK: Two organisations at the forefront of metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) development are co-locating at the formnext exhibition in Frankfurt this month, delivering exciting opportunities for the AM industry. LPW Technology Ltd, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the AM industry and 3DSIM, the AM software innovation company with easy-to-use tools to predict how to build successful parts, will stand share at Hall 3.1 Stand H18.
Multi award winning LPW invests strongly in its technical capability. Its extensive range of premium quality metal powders is complemented by its AM applications expertise and its world class laboratory facilities, adding quality, testing and traceability throughout the AM process.
Rapidly-growing 3DSIM, headquartered in the US, is developing state-of-the-art software systems that simulate the complex AM build process. Its two ground-breaking new software products, exaSIMTM and FLEXTM, will be making their European debuts on the stand at formnext.
Both LPW and 3DSIM are excited about showcasing their innovations. ‘LPW will be delivering a series of insightful seminars on the stand, featuring the topics currently exercising the minds of this fast-moving industry,’ says Ben Ferrar, LPW’s Chief Operating Officer. ‘We’ll also be offering visitors a micro-tour around the ‘AM factory of the future’ demonstrating how our advanced PowderSolve software will track metal powder throughout the entire AM production process.’
‘And we’ll be unveiling our newly released simulation tools, exaSIMTM and FLEXTM,’ adds Brent Stucker, CEO and Co-Founder of 3DSIM. ‘By simulating supports, part orientation and other build parameters offline rather than iterating experimentally, exaSIMTM considerably reduces the costs and risks associated with AM production. This cloud-based AM simulation tool enables machine users and part designers to predict distortion and residual stress in their parts, and specifies the optimum support placement to deliver improved part accuracy and reduce build failures.’
3DSIM’s updated FLEXTM software will also make its first European appearance at formnext. ‘FLEXTM enables AM researchers to design better machines, process parameters, scan strategies, material chemistries and part geometries to accelerate adoption and innovation in AM,’ says Brent.
‘This is a dynamic industry, and we are continuously striving to develop the AM tools that high-tech industries such as the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors need to be successful,’ says Ben. ‘AM applications require a detailed understanding of powder properties related to laser interaction, thermal characteristics and packing behaviour. As the use of metal powders in AM grows, the measurement of all of the critical properties of the powders is crucial, and we’re working hard to develop a suite of intelligence packages that will deliver this information.’
Brent agrees: ‘By joining forces on the stand at formnext we are demonstrating that by bringing together 3DSIM’s AM process simulation expertise and LPW’s established applications knowledge and well characterised metal powders for metal 3D printing, we can enable end users to develop more reliable and more complex structures.’
Established in 2007, LPW Technology is the market leader in the development, processing and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry. These services include the development of new alloys and expert application support. 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 has developed PowderLife®, a unique AM powder lifecycle management system which strictly controls risk for manufacturers, adding confidence, reliability and traceability in metal powder production and repeated AM builds. LPW invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service.
LPW Technology has its headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. In June, 2014 the company formally established a US subsidiary LPW Technology Inc. situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing analytical services, product inventory and sales support to North and South America.
From these locations the company supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base including aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. In 2015, it opened its German sales office and has a global network of resellers in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.
The company operates to quality control standards: AS 9100 & AS 9120 for aerospace, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 for medical.
LPW and PowderLife are the registered trademarks of LPW Technology Ltd.
LPW Technology is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2016.
3DSIM is a rapidly growing company based in Utah, USA. Focused on creating software tools that enable physics-based predictions of the outcomes of additive manufacturing processes before building a part, 3DSIM’s vision is to move the additive manufacturing industry from empirically-driven to simulation-driven innovation. 3DSIM’s simulation tools help machine users, part designers, researchers, machine manufacturers and material providers dramatically increase their rate of innovation, thus enabling rapid qualification of additively manufactured parts and components. For more information, visit http://3DSIM.com.
About formnext 2016 International Exhibition Centre Frankfurt 15 – 18 November 2016
Every year formnext brings together the world’s leading manufacturers in additive manufacturing technologies, industrial tooling as well as suppliers of conventional manufacturing methods from the process chain at the International Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt. The exhibitors have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to professionals from the international manufacturing industry. With 261 exhibitors, formnext has grown by 29 percent since its highly successful debut in 2015. The exhibition space has expanded from around 11,000 to 15,000 square meters – an increase of 41 percent. In 2015 8,982 visitors attended formnext. A total of 25 countries will be represented at formnext 2016.
Source: LPW Technology Ltd.