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.”