LPW adding knowledge, building confidence in the metal Additive Manufacturing industry

LPW Technology Ltd, the global market leader in developing, processing and supplying cutting-edge metal powder solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), has today taken delivery of a new TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The first machine of its kind in the UK, this will enhance LPW’s impressive Additive Manufacturing R&D capabilities, centred at the internationally recognised Daresbury Laboratories in Cheshire, UK

Adding to the well-established metal powder expertise, Ian Brooks, LPW’s Applications Manager, commented “LPW is expanding its PowderLife products and solutions throughout the industrial AM process and this new machine enables us to accelerate not only novel alloy development, but also applications testing, process optimisation, powder degradation studies and R&D projects.

The future lies understanding data throughout the AM process from beginning to end, linking together all the processes and data that affect the powder and ultimately, reproducible build quality. Our PowderSolve software package, as part of PowderLife adds insight into this process. In conjunction with TRUMPF, we are looking to enhance our knowledge and specification of AM process parameters.”

How the powder is reused and monitoring its degradation within the AM process is key to the integrity of the final build. LPW is building up a new metal AM lab which will include a range of machines from different suppliers. We are delighted that the new TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 enables us to showcase and continue to develop PowderLife, the metal powder lifecycle management system that strictly controls risk and traceability for manufacturers.  This integrated suite of software, hardware, applications support, powder and part testing, enables the careful control of metal powders.

LPW and TRUMPF are working together to develop validated AM metal powder and process control solutions that will benefit industrial end-users of laser powder bed fusion AM machines.


LPW to share AM expertise at Daresbury Campus Technology Hub

LPW Technology Ltd’s Technical Director Andy Florentine, BTech(Hons), MIET, will be delivering an insightful presentation at the influential Campus Technology Hub Showcase at Daresbury Laboratory on 29th November.  Drawing on his experience with LPW, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, Andy will give an expert overview of the exciting field of metal AM.

Daresbury Laboratory, where LPW’s new 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, our 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 will be taking 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,’ focuses 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.

We will also open up the new AM test and development laboratory to the delegates, and our multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers will be demonstrating PowderSolve, our 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, will also be on show.

We’re expecting interested visitors to call in to see the new TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 metal Additive Manufacturing machine too.  The first machine of its kind in the UK, it will further progress our AM R&D ambition to create a ‘Centre of excellence in 3D metal printing’ in the UK that will support the global industry.


You’re invited to the LPW seminars at formnext 2016

At formnext this year we’re hosting a series of short, 15 minute, debates on our stand, looking at some of the common issues surrounding metal Additive Manufacturing.

Dr Rob Deffley our R&D Manager and Neil Harrison our experienced Applications Engineer, will be presenting a series of seminars on contamination, residual stress and ‘powder vs process’ porosity, encouraging questions and discussion.