CARPENTER ENHANCES ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES WITH ACQUISITION OF LPW TECHNOLOGY LTD.

Expands Growing Leadership Position as Additive Manufacturing Solutions Provider


Incorporates Metal Powder Lifecycle Management Technology with Superior Quality Control and Traceability

PHILADELPHIA – October 24, 2018 – Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE: CRS) today announced it has acquired LPW Technology Ltd. (LPW), a leader in the development and supply of advanced metal powders and powder lifecycle management solutions to the Additive Manufacturing industry, for approximately $81 million. LPW is based in Widnes, Cheshire, United Kingdom with additional processing operations near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. LPW employs approximately 80 people.

“Our aggressive development in key aspects of Additive Manufacturing (AM) demonstrates our commitment to build on our industry-leading position in this space,” said Tony R. Thene, Carpenter’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The acquisition combines LPW’s metal powder lifecycle management technology and processes with our technical expertise in producing highly engineered metal powders and additively manufactured components.”

Lifecycle management technology is becoming increasingly important to understanding how materials behave before, during, and after production in the powder-bed fusion process.  Understanding powder behavior is critical as AM becomes more widely adopted and implemented across various industries.

“LPW’s innovative platforms and enabling technology further solidify Carpenter’s position as a preferred provider of end-to-end next generation Additive Manufacturing solutions,” said Phil Carroll, LPW’s founder. “I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved at LPW and I’m excited to be part of Carpenter’s continued growth and leadership in AM.”

Carpenter’s additive portfolio, including recent investments in Puris, a titanium powders producer; CalRAM, a leader in electron beam and laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing services, and construction of an Emerging Technology Center in Athens, Alabama represent a significant force positioned to capitalize on the rapid AM growth.


Connect with LPW Technology at the Fall 2018 AMC Meeting: Oct. 24th-25th

Greg Kline Represents LPW USA at Fall AMC meetingThe Fall 2018 Additive Manufacturing Consortium meeting will take place in Huntersville, North Carolina this year on both October 24th and 25th. The AMC meeting, operated by EWI (Columbus, OH), is a combination of industry, government, academic, and non-profit research organizations with ambitions of advancing metal AM technology. It is without question that LPW Technology will be attending this meeting both days.

We are delighted to have LPW’s Eastern US/Canada Regional Sales Manager, Greg Kline, attend and connect with other AM practitioners at this quarter’s meeting. Greg claims that “attending this meeting in North Carolina asserts LPW’s commitment in understanding the technical challenges within the AM industry, as well as our commitment to connecting with new and existing customers.”

The AMC General Meeting is comprised of a full day of organized activities and presentations on AM research, industry advancement, and technical discussions. LPW has several valuable case studies on topics like powder degradation, metal powder variability, atomization, and many more. These case studies can be found within our online Technical Library.

If you are interested in learning more about what LPW has to offer for your AM needs, please connect with Greg Kline next week at the AMC meeting. To get in touch with our LPW (USA) Office, see the contact information below.

Contact Information:
Email: sales.america@lpwtechnology.com
US Office Phone: +1 412-788-2856

LPW Technology Inc.
110 South Campus Dr.
Imperial, PA 15126


LPW at the TCT Show 2018

LPW is exhibiting at the TCT Show at the NEC in Birmingham, 25th-27th September 2018, at stand T41. We are excited to announce that two of our employees will be joining the TCT introducing stage and participating in the #3DTALK panel.

Our very own, Regan Hoult, will be joining the panel of #3DTALK to discuss 3D printing and smart factories on Wednesday 26th September at 3pm, TCT Tech Stage, Hall 3.

LPW’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Ferrar, will also be participating at the event. He will be joining the TCT introducing stage to present “Invisible Streams of Metal Powder- The Magic of Material Integration” at 12.30pm on Wednesday 26th September at location H50.

We are delighted to have both Ben and Regan representing LPW at the event. Read below and get to know Ben and Regan.


Visit LPW at the RM Forum in Milan 19-20 September

LPW Technology will be exhibiting at RM Forum in Milan, and is delighted to be sponsoring this exhibition and conference dedicated to state of the art of the tools, technologies and materials for Additive Manufacturing (AM).


Renishaw and LPW Technology to launch new powder handling solution partnership at IMTS

Integrated metal powder handling on show at IMTS 2018

At IMTS, September 10 – 15, 2018, global engineering technologies company Renishaw will launch its new RenAM external powder silo integration from its dedicated additive manufacturing stand, West building, level 3, stand 431607.

To meet this need, Renishaw has partnered with LPW Technology to integrate their PowderTrace™ hopper as an option on Renishaw AM machines.


Webinar announcement – AM metal powder evolution and its impact on additive manufacturing production

AM metal powder evolution

LPW and UL are bringing together a team of experienced AM practitioners to discuss the impact of metal powder evolution and the potential for material reuse in production AM.

As the manufacturing landscape for powder bed AM shifts from R&D and prototyping to serial production, more focus is being placed on the reuse of powder.

However, metal powder is not infinitely reusable, and there have already been a number of investigations which demonstrate that powder will evolve with repeated reuse.

In this webinar we explore the mechanisms which drive powder evolution and present results from some of LPW’s own powder evolution investigations. Looking across the industry, we review the range of work conducted on powder evolution by other investigators and summarise how powder evolution differs across materials and platforms.

Topics:

  • Mechanisms which drive powder evolution
  • Results from 718 evolution study
  • Introduction of new metric for powder evolution
  • Impact of chemistry variance in virgin powder
  • Factors effective powder evolution
  • Observed defects in powder
  • Review of powder evolution studies

 

To join the webinar register here


LPW & Freeman Powder Flow seminar 3rd Oct 2018

LPW Technology, market leader in the manufacture, development and processing of high-quality metal powders for additive manufacturing is teaming up with powder flow specialists, Freeman Technology to deliver a one day ‘Powder Flow Seminar’ on October 3rd 2018 hosted at LPW Technology’s facility in Imperial, PA, USA.

This applications-focused event covers a broad range of topics from ‘An introduction to understanding powder flow and powder behavior’ by John Yin, Product Manager at Freeman Technology, to ‘Extending the lifecycle of metal alloys in additive manufacturing’ presented by Nate Kistler, Application Engineer at LPW Technology, USA.

The agenda also includes discussions delivered by Andrew Klein, Manager of Material & Process Development at ExOne, who will review ‘Binder jet 3D printing’; Zack Snow from Pennsylvania State University, who will look at the ‘Development of powder spreadability metrics’ and John Barnes, The Barnes Advisors, who addresses the need to ‘Support AM industrialization with workforce education and powder expertise.’

This free, one-day seminar also features a tour of LPW’s new AM metal powder processing facility and demonstration sessions of Freeman Technology’s FT4 Powder Rheometer®. There is limited capacity so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view the full agenda and registration process.

 


Material traceability key in industrial Additive Manufacturing for certified aerospace applications

Additive Industries and LPW sign agreement to integrate powder management for the MetalFAB1 systems

LPW Technology and Additive Industries today confirmed their collaboration on integrated industrial additive manufacturing of metal parts for high-end applications like aerospace. LPW Technology CEO Dr. Phil Carroll and Jan-Cees Santema, Additive Industries’ Sales Director Europe signed a commercial agreement for Additive Industries to offer the powder management solutions of LPW as an integral part of the MetalFAB1 systems and supporting Additive World Platform. This allows Additive Industries customers to automatically load powder into the MetalFAB1 systems in inert conditions and record  the main characteristics of the metal powders during their lifecycle from metal powder manufacturing to part production. Especially in series production of qualified parts, this closed loop system is key in reducing the risk of contamination and potential variations in the powder performance as a result of exposure to oxygen and humidity.


Adding intelligence in Metal Additive Manufacturing

L -R John Barnes, The Barnes Group and Ben Ferrar LPW Technology

The Barnes Group Advisors and LPW Technology have entered into a Strategic Partnership for metal Powder Training & Development for Additive Manufacturing.

The partnership aims to promote workforce development through training in Additive Manufacturing (AM), building the skills and knowledge of AM professionals. This partnership provides professional development training on a variety of topics specific to AM metal powders and is designed to provide growth opportunities to keep employees up-to-date with industry methods, challenged, and engaged.


LPW at Farnborough Air Show 2018

LPW is exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow for the first time.  You can find us in the newly launched Aerospace 4.0 Hall, dedicated to the fourth industrial revolution. Our purpose-built, industry 4.0 enabled, AM metal powder manufacturing facility has been designed to engineer out contamination throughout the AM metal powder production and handling process.

Visit us to hear all about the essential role data plays in ensuring trceability in the Additive Manufacturing process from metal powder manufacture to flying parts.

Call in to see us or, to maximise your time at the Airshow, pre-arrange a discussion by contacting us here

LPW Technology Hall Aerospace 4.0, stand 5150


Sharing in Growth delivers success to LPW Technology in Aerospace Supply Chain

LPW Technology is delighted to have been awarded the Sharing in Growth (SiG) ‘Ikigai’ trophy, the top award at the SiG ALL STARS showcase event. Ikigai is a Japanese phrase meaning ‘reason to live’. Manufacturing metal powder exclusively for the rapidly-growing metal Additive Manufacturing sector, LPW has many reasons to look forward to strong growth in a sustainable, highly skilled environment.


LPW shortlisted for Health and Wellbeing award

LPW finalist in Health Wellbeing award

LPW is delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Halton Borough Council 2018 business awards for the category ‘Health and Wellbeing’.

At LPW we have a strong work ethic and with our core values of – Trust, Team, Innovate – we work together, to manufacture AM metal powders, products and solutions  to support Additive Manufacturing in production.

We encourage all our people to achieve their goals, so if you are interested in joining a growing company, that values its people, see the careers on offer in the exciting world of metal Additive Manufacturing here


AM Metal AM case study – The impact of powder variability on Additive Manufacturing build quality

AM metal powder case study
AM metal powder impact on build quality

LPW Technology Ltd, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, discusses the impact of metal powder variability on AM build quality.

For metal powders to deliver consistent AM built parts with the required properties it is critical to define an appropriate material specification, with due regard for tolerances on manufacturing and testing variance. It is also necessary to establish limits which are tight enough to ensure any variations do not have a negative impact on process and application performance. Changes within specification values can cause variations in material processability during part manufacture, or the final mechanical properties of the part itself. This study explores the impact of powder variability during the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process.

The latest LPW case study ‘The impact of powder variability on Additive Manufacturing build quality’ is located in the LPW website technical library.  These resources are all free to download – to access this latest case study, please visit http://www.lpwtechnology.com/technical-library/case-studies/


Exploring the new LPW AM Metal Powder Processing Facility in the US

LPW AM metal powder processing

LPW AM metal powder processingLPW Technology, the market leader in AM metal powder manufacture, development, processing and supply and software solutions for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, held its first Open House Reception for AM industry professionals, to explore the new LPW facility in the US.

The tour took place on May 10th around the new facility located at 110 South Campus Dr., Imperial, PA. LPW Technology founder and CEO, Dr Phil Carroll, attended the event along with a host of the LPW AM metal powder experts.

John Hunter, General Manager LPW USA, explained that the 12,000 sq. ft. pioneering metal AM facility has been designed to “Deliver metal powder developed specifically for Additive Manufacturing and to increase our analytical and reconditioning capabilities to improve our customer’s reuse of their powders.” With a strategically designed laboratory and spacious warehouse, LPW will be able to maintain an increased inventory of metal powders that are ready to ship to customers within 24 hours of receiving an order. The enhanced capabilities in the new facility are essential to support our customers in the rapidly growing AM industry.

The Open House gave the LPW Team a chance to demonstrate their PowderLife approach to metal AM powder traceability and recently installed blenders, reconditioning lines of sieves, packing lines and the new scanning electron microscope in the lab. The tour was well attended by AM industry practitioners interested in operating a state-of-the-art clean metal powders manufacturing facility.

If you are interested in participating in future open events at LPW Technology, contact us at www.lpwtechnology.com/contact-us/


LPW to facilitate metal powder AM specification requirements in AMUG workshop

AM metal powder specifications with powder samplesLPW Technology will be focusing on the ability of materials to drive improvement in metal Additive Manufacturing at this year’s AMUG event.  Its ‘Workshop for the Generation of Additive Manufacturing Specific Powder Specifications’ aims to equip attendees with an understanding of the limitations of current standards for specification, and the effects of alloy variables on AM processing outcomes and how these can be controlled.


AM Metal Powder is within spec, but will it build?

AM metal powder specifications with powder samplesUnderstanding how powder can influence additive manufacturing processing and final material properties

Powder specifications are vital in ensuring stable and reproducible processing. So it is clear that the ability to test a powder against the specification and ensure it is being met is vital. In this webinar, UL and LPW experts will discuss how powder can influence the Additive Manufacturing processing and final material properties of the built parts, and what properties influence powder behaviour.

We will introduce the techniques used to measure the key powder properties, and discuss their pros and cons in the context of AM. A short case study will demonstrate how effective powder testing can be used as part of root cause analysis in AM, which could save time and expense. Click here to register your interest


LPW Technology and Global Advanced Metals Co-operate On 3D Printing Of Tantalum

High Flow, High Purity Tantalum Powder

LPW Technology (LPW) and Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd (GAM) announce cooperative agreement to further demonstrate suitability of spheroidized tantalum metal powder for 3D metal printing.

Across this emerging industry there are few examples of additively manufactured refractory metals, and a need exists for a more thorough proof of concept and development of print criteria. GAM is filling this void and expanding its product portfolio.


New digital factory strengthens LPW’s position in the global Additive Manufacturing AM metal powder market

LPW LPW's New factory for metal AM powder manufactureLPW’s pioneering AM metal powder factory is set to produce a new generation of clean powders suitable for use in production in safety-critical industries such as aerospace, medical and automotive.

The £20 m facility is the world’s first purpose-built production plant exclusively focused on the manufacture of AM metal powders.  Located near Liverpool, the 90,000 sqft (9,700 m²) building sits on a seven-acre site and introduces full material traceability, digital integration and strict contamination control to the production process.

To read what ‘Manufacturing News’ has to say about this exciting new development click here