Trends in AM for end-use production with LPW

LPW's Ben Ferrar additive manufacturing expertLPW’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Ferrar, offers a strategic overview of future trends in the Additive Manufacturing sector in a recently published article in 3DPI.  To read Ben’s comments on the challenges of adopting AM for end-use production click here.

 

 


LPW’s upgraded AM metal powder capabilities unveiled at AM America

AM Americas expo logoLPW Technology Inc. will be showcasing its comprehensive series of PowderRange AM metal powders and an exciting new alloy addition at its debut at AM Americas in Pasadena, CA between December 6th and 8th.

LPW focuses on materials to drive improved performance in the AM process.  At booth 229, it will present both its PowderRange series of AM metal powders, and PowderLife, the AM suite of powders, products and solutions designed to support AM in production. LPW has recently signed an agreement with Airbus APWorks to add high-performance Scalmalloy® aluminium-magnesium-scandium alloy to its extensive portfolio of premium metal powders for safety-critical sectors.  The LPW team will also take the opportunity to launch the upgraded series of AM metal powder reconditioning and analysis services it provides from its new, larger facility near Pittsburgh, PA.


Local 3D Printing Company Awarded Developing People Accolade

Laura Cordwell Robbie Charmer with EEF AwardLPW is celebrating its success at the regional finals of the prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2017.

EEF represents British manufacturers, supporting them to thrive, innovate and compete locally and globally, and competition for the annual awards is fierce.  LPW, which supplies metal powders for 3D printed items as diverse as cranial implants for the medical sector and parts for Formula 1 cars, was runner-up in the ‘Developing People’ category.  The judges recognised the significant work the company is undertaking to manage change in the workplace as it prepares to move to its new, £20 million manufacturing facility in Venture Fields, Widnes.

“We operate in a young, dynamic industry,” says Laura Cordwell, LPW’s HR Manager.  “People with the combinations of skills we need don’t exist yet, so we’re working hard to develop our team so that they can fulfill these roles.  We’re not only providing talent for the future of the 3D printing sector, we’re giving our people skills that will enhance their career opportunities throughout their working lives.”


LPW and Additive Industries sign partnership agreement to deliver integrated Powder Management solutions

LPW and Additive Industries are delighted to have signed their partnership agreement to deliver integrated Powder Management solutions for the MetalFAB1 Additive Manufactuirng machine.

PowderTrace, the smart hopper designed and manufactured by LPW for the safe storage and transport of metal powders has been designed into the MetalFAB1 integrated additive manufacturing machine from Additive Industries. Integration of PowderTrace enables safe loading of AM metal powders and in combination with Additive Industries’ powder removal system this minimises the risk of contamination and of operator contact with metal powder.

The agreement was signed at the LPW stand during a very busy formnext 2017.


LPW Technology and AMA partner to supply metal powder solutions for French AM market

LPW AMA LPW Technology is extending its partnership base in Europe and North Africa to further support its customers.  AMA Services, located in Paris, will represent LPW in France, Luxembourg, French speaking regions of Switzerland and Belgium, and Tunisia and Morocco.

LPW is the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders and powder management products for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry.  Together with AMA Services, which has a wealth of experience with metal alloy materials in the aerospace, IGT and medical sectors, among others, LPW will offer a comprehensive range of powders, expert technical support and proactive customer service across these regions.


LPW Technology et AMA Services, partenaire pour la distribution des solutions de poudre métallique sur le marché français de la fabrication additive

LPW AMALPW Technology étend sa base de partenariat en Europe et en Afrique du Nord pour encore mieux soutenir ses clients. AMA Services, situé à Paris, représentera LPW en France, au Luxembourg, dans les régions francophones de Suisse et de Belgique, ainsi qu’en Tunisie et au Maroc.

LPW est le leader du marché dans le développement, la transformation et la fourniture de poudres métalliques de haute qualité et de produits de gestion des poudres pour l’industrie de la fabrication additive (AM). A travers ce partenariat avec AMA Services, qui possède déjà une grande expérience des alliages, en particulier, dans les secteurs de l’aérospatial, l’IGT et le médical, LPW proposera une gamme complète de poudres, une expertise technique et un service client proactif dans toutes ces régions.


LPW Technology and APWORKS announce a strategic partnership to strengthen its AM metal powder portfolio with the release of Scalmalloy®

Scalmalloy aerospace partitionLPW Technology Ltd has formed a strategic partnership with AIRBUS APWORKS GmbH to supply its high-performance Scalmalloy® aluminium-magnesium-scandium alloy to the additive manufacturing sector.

“As the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders and software solutions for the AM industry, we are continually expanding our materials range to enable new applications and productionisation of the technology” says Ben Ferrar, LPW’s Chief Operating Officer.  “Expanding our metal powder range to include Scalmalloy®, with its high strength, lightweight characteristics, enables manufacturers to access the technological and commercial benefits this proven metal AM alloy has to offer.”

Building on its experience in the aerospace sector, metal powder manufacturer LPW is aligning strategically with internationally recognised APWORKS to support the global requirements for high-strength aluminium with Scalmalloy®.  LPW is accredited to AS 9120A for aerospace, implementing robust quality management processes that assure the integrity of the tightly controlled metal powders it supplies to safety-critical sectors world-wide.

Scalmalloy aerospace bionic armrest“Compared to all other aerospace aluminium alloys, Scalmalloy® offers a unique level of corrosion resistance, its high strength to weight ratio makes it perfect for light-weighting applications, crucial to optimising the build to use ratio in component design. Scalmalloy® enables the lowest buy-to-fly ratio compared to conventionally designed and manufactured parts,” adds Ben.

Scalmalloy® is the world’s first material specifically developed for AM and, due to its high cooling rates and rapid solidification, it possesses a unique microstructure which remains stable at high temperatures.  It offers exceptionally high fatigue properties, weldability, strength and ductility compared to other aluminium alloy powders, which makes it particularly well-suited to aerospace, transportation and defence applications, among many others.

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of APWORKS, Sven Lauxmann, comments, “Partnering strategically with an AM metal powder specialist such as LPW further strengthens the Scalmalloy® supply chain, supporting APWORKS vision to expand the industrial application of AM technologies and solutions across the sectors. With LPW Technology we have found a reliable and strongly AM focused partner to create an excellent synergy between their significant expertise in the production and global marketing of materials and APWORKS’ intensive experience in processing Scalmalloy® in 3D printing.”

APWORKS focuses on designing holistic additive manufacturing solutions, from design for AM through to the development of new materials and into prototype or qualified serial production for industries from aerospace to robotics, automotive, mechanical engineering, tooling and medical technology.

For more information on LPW’s comprehensive PowderRange, visit us at formnext in Hall 3.1 at booth D48, or click here .  Visit APWORKS at formnext in Hall 3.1 at booth E69 and learn more about the possibilities of Scalmalloy® for your applications.  More about Scalmalloy® can be found also at: http://www.apworks.de/scalmalloy/


Metal powders, parts & machine optimisation aligned to build AM production

Aerospace Titanium Hydraulic Manifold Metal Additive ManufacturingLPW Technology and Magnitude Innovations are combining their Additive Manufacturing experience to support the industrialisation of metal AM.

“Both organisations focus on AM, and understand the many issues facing manufacturing as it scales up to full AM production,” says Ben Ferrar, LPW’s Chief Operating Officer.  “In partnership, LPW and Magnitude will support their clients with metal powders, design, process and application support, helping manufacturers to overcome production challenges throughout the complete AM value chain.  The projects undertaken together will offer a tailored, turnkey solution to the adoption of AM technologies, supporting industrial companies to utilise AM and broadening the knowledge-base of the AM sector.”


LPW Technology features new AM metal powder manufacture capabilities at formnext

LPW Technology is taking AM metal pLPW LPW's New factory for metal AM powder manufactureowder manufacture to a new level.  Formnext 2017 sees it unveiling its new ranges of clean powders manufactured exclusively for AM at its purpose-built ‘factory of the future’ near Liverpool, UK.

LPW’s new £20 million state-of-the-art facility, will house atomisers capable of making small to medium volumes of very clean powders, primarily custom titanium, nickel, cobalt, aluminium, and steel alloys.  The powder manufacturing facility has been designed to control contamination at every step of the process, with segregation of cells for specific material production. The powder manufacturing facility will be operated under cleanroom conditions with contamination controlled to a degree never before seen in the manufacture of AM metal powders.

“At LPW we view AM from the perspective of the powder,” comments Dr Phil Carroll, LPW’s founder and CEO.  “At formnext we’ll be showcasing our new production capability, assuring manufacturers operating in safety-critical sectors that our atomisation equipment has been designed to engineer out the risk of contamination in our AM metal powders.”

LPW focuses on materials to drive improved performance in the AM process.  At Hall 3.1, stand D48, it will showcase both its PowderRange series of AM metal powders, and PowderLife, the AM suite of powders, products and solutions designed to support AM in production. 


LPW Technology Inc relocates to provide enhanced range of services

LPW US New FacilityLPW Technology’s US operation is moving to a new, larger facility near Pittsburgh, PA.

John D Hunter, General Manager of LPW Technology Inc., comments, “Given the comprehensive range of AM metal powders we provide, the quality of our laboratory services and the effectiveness of our life cycle powder management systems, along with the increased demand from the AM industry, we have outgrown our current facility.”

LPW Inc is moving into a 12,000 sq. ft. (1,115 m2) factory in Imperial, PA, on October 23, 2017. “We’re also increasing our analytical and reconditioning capabilities to improve our customer’s reuse of their powders – we’re adding a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to our new, larger laboratory, and setting up two parallel reconditioning lines of sieves, blenders, and packaging lines to process powders and recertify them to the original specifications. We will continue to maintain a large inventory of metal powders for shipment within 24 hours of receiving an order” adds John.

LPW Technology’s new address is 110 South Campus Drive, Imperial, PA 15126, USA.  Phone and email contacts will remain the same, as will the toll-free number for the USA: 844-480-7663.


LPW meets The Manufacturer Magazine

LPW founder and CEO Dr Phil Carroll has been interviewed by The Manufacturer magazine.  Click here to read his observations on the AM sector, why metal powders matter, and the drivers for clean metal powder manufacture.


LPW Technology achieves ISO 13485 for medical devices quality management systems

Medical devices ISO 13485 quality management systems logoLPW Technology Ltd, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders and software solutions for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, has again achieved certification to ISO 13485 standard for medical devices at its UK facility.

Successful certification to this standard requires the due diligence of everyone in the organisation to complete their roles to the highest of values, following the requirements of ISO 13485, and LPW’s procedures and systems.  LPW achieved the standard with no critical, major or minor non-conformances.


LPW New AM metal powders manufacturing HQ build completed

Portal Construction has completed a 90,000 sq ft facility at Widnes Waterfront for advanced manufacturing technology firm LPW.

The project, which was developed by DB Symmetry in a joint venture with Halton Council, has reached practical completion, with LPW set to relocate to the site from its current Runcorn headquarters.

LPW will move 70 staff into the new facility, with plans to create more than 120 new jobs at the site. The manufacturing firm agreed a £20m pre-let for the facility in March this year.

Portal Construction worked with AEW Architects, Tier Consulting, C4 Consulting and KGA on the scheme.

B8 Real Estate and CBRE advised DB Symmetry. LPW was represented by Aherne Property Consultants and advised by Zaman Roberts and Black Cat Building Consultancy.

Phil Carroll, chief executive at LPW Technology said: “As a company which specialises in metal additive manufacturing, a tech clean, high specification space was mandatory and a new build was therefore the only option.

“The decision to relocate was a huge leap for our firm but from the outset, we had no doubt that DB Symmetry and Halton could deliver. With the build now complete, we’ll start our fit out in in the coming weeks and will relocate our operations in the New Year.”

Andrew Dickman, director of DB Symmetry, said: “This project is an exemplar of what can be achieved when the private and public sector collaborate.

“By regenerating this site, we have helped to bring a successful and growing company to the borough of Halton and, in doing so, will bring high skilled jobs to the area.”

Leader of Halton Council, Cllr Rob Polhill, added: “We look forward to LPW opening at Venture Fields and creating new jobs.

“This is a very important site for Halton, and the new Mersey Gateway bridge opening very soon will further improve connectivity for sites such as Venture Fields and will spearhead further investment in the borough.”


New AM datasheet from LPW highlights angle of repose testing for metal powders

LAngle of repose measurement with PowderFlowPW has published its latest laboratory services datasheet.  ‘Angle of repose testing for metal powders’ describes when this test is appropriate and explains how it is conducted.

“The angle of repose measurement offers a cost-effective method of characterising the flow properties of powders which don’t readily flow through standard test funnels,” says Lisa Holman, LPW’s Quality Engineer.  “Not every metal powder needs to flow, and this test method can provide a comparison against the powder’s historic performance and previous batches to confirm consistency.”

LPW undertakes angle of repose measurement at its in-house laboratories, and to enable end-users to assess powder flow on their own premises, LPW has developed PowderFlow.  The PowderFlow kit contains a complete suite of powder flow measurement techniques, including angle of repose, apparent density, Hall Flow and Carney Flow testing to relevant ASTM standards.

To download LPW’s latest datasheet, click here, or visit the Brochures page of our website’s Technical Library.


Metal powder AM Company Ranks in Top National Tech Company League

LPW Technology2017 Tech Track 100 logo has been included in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 for the second year running.  The league table ranks Britain’s private technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales.

As the global AM sector matures, LPW has consistently striven to anticipate the needs of the developing market.  Its focus on customer service and metal powders optimised for individual applications has fuelled its strong growth.

“To support our customers, we’re building a new, £20 million state-of-the-art facility in the UK to produce the next generation of premium, AM-specific metal alloys that the safety-critical sectors demand,” comments Dr Phil Carroll, Founder and CEO of LPW. “Our ‘factory of the future’ will open in February 2018, enabling us to manufacture metal powders on-site in Liverpool, and in October this year our US operation will be moving to larger premises. These two new sites will allow us to process more materials and dispatch powders within 24 hours of receipt of order.


LPW’s brave duo raises nearly £1000 for cancer charities

LPW's 2 contestants for ToughMudderTwo of LPW’s intrepid team members have raised over £900 for Men United – Prostate Cancer UK and North West testicular cancer charity Baggy Trousers UK.  They took on and beat the 12k Tough Mudder endurance course at Malpas, Cheshire, on Saturday 9th September, finishing in under 5 hours.

Will Dawbarn, LPW’s Supply Chain Administrator, and Ciaran Farrell, Production Team Leader, decided to brave the tricky rotating barriers, the slippery pyramid and the intriguingly named arctic enema, among other obstacles, to raise money for the two charities closest to their hearts.


Exactech first US implant manufacturer to apply PowderSolve, LPW’s powder quality control software, for 3D medical implants

Using PowderSolve to record and review powder history throughout the material lifecycle and traceability of material to individual component

LPW Technology is delighted to be working with Exactech, providers of innovative, high quality bone and joint restoration products.

In the medical device industry where patients are relying on life-changing implants, it is critical that the components are both biologically compatible and mechanically reliable. One of the great benefits of metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the flexibility to design tailored parts with complex geometries to mold to a person’s individual makeup.

As important as the design shape of the implant, be that a hip, knee or shoulder joint, is the reliability of the bone replacement or strengthening component. The body is a chemically aggressive environment, with great strain being placed on the skeletal and muscular system so parts must be chemically inert and free from cracks or imperfections.

To achieve this degree of reliability requires confidence in the starting materials – the metal powders. It is critical to have powders that are known to be free of contaminants and low in oxygen to avoid variations in mechanical properties of ductility, tensile strength and hardness.

Exactech turned to LPW to ensure that the high quality titanium powders that they use in Additive Manufacturing are within the same stringent specifications before each repeat build.


LPW Technology introduces new reseller at Additive Manufacturing Society of India conference

LPW Technology LPW's reseller in Gujarat, India, MG Sales CorpLtd will be introducing the latest member of its Asia-Pacific team, M G Sales Corporation of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, at the AMSI conference in Bangalore, India, on the 7th – 8th September.

LPW’s Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, Dermot Desmond, comments, “As LPW continues to expand its global operations and extends the level of service it offers its customers in India, AMSI is the ideal opportunity to meet AM professionals keen to promote state-of-the art 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technology.”

Dermot continues, “India’s AM prototyping and materials market is projected to reach over $62 million by 2022.   In response to the rapid rate of adoption for additive manufacturing technology in India’s aerospace, automotive, engineering and dental sectors, LPW is strengthening its position in the market by supplying its optimised materials through one of the country’s leading high-tech solutions providers.  With over 20 years’ experience in the tooling and thermal spray market, the M G team shares LPW’s values of supplying premium quality products underpinned with excellent applications knowledge and customer service.” 


LPW showcases AM metal powders at TCT Show

TCT Logo - shortlisted for software awardThe market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, LPW Technology views AM from the perspective of the powder.  At this year’s TCT Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, it will be highlighting its extensive range of fully optimised and characterised powders at Hall 3 Stand E42, and demonstrating its innovative end-to-end solutions for AM.

LPW has an action-packed schedule at the TCT Show, showcasing its products and sharing its experience in additive manufacturing.  Experienced PowderRange engineers will be on hand at the stand to discuss how LPW’s AM-specific metal powders and PowderLife products and services add confidence and traceability to the AM process.  


LPW’s Dr Phil Carroll talks about the future of AM

If the aerospace and defence sectors are to adopt and capitalise on the benefits of additive manufacturing (AM), and do so safely, traceability of materials is a key requirement.

LPW manufactures materials, sensors and software ensuring the control and full traceability of metal powder for AM.  Dr Phil Carroll, CEO and founder, has been talking to Farnborough International about the process and LPW’s brand new purpose-built factory – the world’s first dedicated facility focused on metal powders exclusively for AM.  To view the video, click here