30th November, 2016: Runcorn, UK: LPW Technology Ltd’s Technical Director Andy Florentine, BTech(Hons), MIET, delivered an insightful presentation at the influential Campus Technology Hub Showcase at Daresbury Laboratory on 29th November. Andy drew on his extensive experience with LPW, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, to give an expert overview of the exciting advances in the field of AM.
Daresbury Laboratory, where LPW’s state-of-the-art R&D facility is located, is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, a UK government facility dedicated to world leading scientific research in fields such as accelerator science, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science. Here, led by Andy, LPW’s R&D team is focusing on the development of products and solutions to control and track the condition of metal powder in the AM process.
Andy took the opportunity to share some of LPW’s knowledge of the AM industry and processes to an audience keen to know more about this rapidly-advancing sector. His talk, ‘Metal 3D printing – the Pow(d)er and potential,’ focused on the possibilities of the fast-growing technology, discussing the benefit of creating components by AM, and stressing the importance of selecting the correct metal powder and controlling the process.
LPW also opened up its new AM test and development laboratory to the delegates, and its multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers demonstrated PowderSolve, LPW’s quality control software package which manages data from powders across multiple locations and multiple machines to give a clear overview of production status. The PowderFlow kit, the easy-to-use suite of flow measurement techniques for the laboratory or production environment, was also on show.
A steady flow of interested visitors called in to see LPW’s new TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The first machine of its kind in the UK, it will further progress LPW’s AM R&D ambition to create a ‘Centre of excellence in 3D metal printing’ in the UK that will support the global industry.
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.
Source: LPW Technology