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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.

Dr Phil Carroll, CEO of LPW Technology commented that “Viewing Additive Manufacturing from the perspective of the metal powder is what has driven the development of our PowderLife metal powder atomization, powder transport, delivery and traceability system. Our PowderEye sensors ensure that the powder environment is closely monitored during transport and throughout the metal AM process. We are delighted that Additive Industries has chosen to adopt this approach as part of their integrated industrial additive manufacturing system”.

Commenting on the partnership, Daan Kersten CEO of Additive Industries noted that: “We have been working with LPW for years and share the vision on full automation and integration. Integrating the LPW Powder Hopper solution and PowderSolve software in our MetalFAB1 systems and software allows our customers to accelerate the manufacturing of industrial quality parts and store all data in one place. The integrated supply of powder combined with full traceability closes the loop to produce certified parts in regulated environments like aerospace and healthcare. Moreover, the automated and closed powder loading system cuts manual labour significantly and reduces operator exposure to powder providing a safe and healthy work environment. The long-term relationship between LPW Technology and Additive Industries has resulted into this innovative powder handling system”.

Both companies are exhibiting at Farnborough International Airshow in Hall Aerospace 4.0
Additive Industries stand 5346
LPW Technology stand 5150


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.

“Adequate training increases employee productivity, team performance, and end product quality,” says Alison Wyrick Mendoza, Leader of Training & Services at The Barnes Group Advisors. “Almost everyone who works in our industry understands by now that people are the most important asset. It’s necessary to address advanced knowledge of all the processes involved, including those processes associated with AM materials.”

“We’re delighted to partner with The Barnes Group Advisors to provide practical, in-depth powder training for metal AM,” says Ben Ferrar, Chief Operating Officer, LPW Technology. “We are naturally aligned with The Barnes Group’s approach to training. Advancing the knowledge-base within our industry of the importance of the metal powder within the AM process, results in increased build success and acceptance of metal AM in the production environment. The training programme will begin with topics on AM Materials 101, Powder Production Methods, Material Testing Methods, and Advanced Specification Writing.”

“AM is only as viable as the material parts are made from and increasing the knowledge of these materials is another step forward to drive adoption and technology readiness,” says John Barnes, Founder and Managing Director, TBGA. “LPW puts considerable effort into providing technical information for use by the AM industry, so it is a natural fit for The Barnes Group Training. It’s a great match to utilize what LPW already knows with our reach and mission to educate and train AM engineers.”

Both groups will be available to discuss the training programme at the Farnborough, UK International Air Show and are pleased to welcome visitors to LPW’s booth in the Aerospace 4.0 Hall, stand 5150, 16 – 20 July


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.

The SiG programme supports companies in developing their leadership, strategy, culture, skills and operational excellence, to improve the global competitiveness of the UK supply chain focusing on aerospace.

Sharing in Growth Press Release

  • Biggest event to date with more than 60 beneficiaries on the programme
  • Showcases demonstrate “outstanding” programme results
  • Valuable insights from customers and experts
  • Best practice sharing and networking

Three award winners were selected from 11 finalists who presented case studies at the Sharing in Growth (SiG) 2018 All STAR showcase. This annual event demonstrated the value of the SiG aerospace competitiveness programme through a series of top industry insights and best practice case studies.

Metal Additive Manufacturing specialist, LPW Technology took the top trophy with precision engineers Produmax and PCB manufacturer Amphenol Invotec taking the runners up trophies. The trophies are named after Sharing in Growth’s values (Ikigai, Inspire and Integrity) and highlight the areas where the winning companies excelled when presenting case studies at the annual event.

Supported by Sharing in Growth (SiG) since 2016, LPW is successfully targeting 30% year on year increases in sales by creating a new market and plans to hit £45 million turnover by 2022.  The company opened a new £20 million purpose-built additive powder manufacturing plant in Widnes this week, has created around 70 jobs in the last two years and expects to recruit another 120 by mid 2020.

Produmax, global experts in flight control components and assemblies, joined SiG in 2014 and last year won the first Sharing in Growth Ikigai top trophy.  The judges selected Produmax for the Inspire award this year because the Yorkshire company has put engagement and people development at the centre of the business. With SiG support, Produmax has increased turnover by 55%, increased headcount by 60% to 70 people and secured contracts worth over £50 million.

Winners of the Integrity trophy were Amphenol Invotec who also joined SiG in 2014. The company, which has plants in Tamworth and Telford, is investing £1.4 million to deliver export growth. With SiG support, the company has aligned its organisation and culture to meet its business ambition of £34 million in turnover by 2020 from £23M in 2017.

A capacity audience of almost 200 attendees from sector supply chain companies, prime customers including Airbus,  Boeing, GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Safran and Thales, government, banks and industry bodies, such as ADS, ATI, BeTheBusiness, Business Growth Fund, NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland and Semta, enjoyed an event crammed with value-added presentations which culminated in the Sharing in Growth Awards dinner.

SiG chairman Dr Bryan Jackson CBE opened the All STAR by sharing his personal experience of continuous improvement from his career with Toyota, Ford and other world-class companies. He reminded companies not to lose focus on values and culture in pursuit of rapid growth.

Katherine Bennett OBE, Senior Vice President of Airbus delivered the keynote address, praising SiG, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Aerospace Growth Partnership for supporting the UK aerospace supply chain become fitter to deal with future challenges such as Brexit.

“UK businesses play a vital role in the Airbus family. ‎Supporting the continued development of the supply chain is vital for the future of the aerospace sector and the economy.

Against the backdrop of ever increasing global competition, suppliers need to work to invest in their own capability. As today’s conference has shown, programmes such as Sharing in Growth are making a valuable contribution to improve performance across the industry and encourage businesses of all sizes to work together.”

SiG CEO Andy Page urged manufacturers to respond to the government’s Business Productivity Review and said: “Companies on our Sharing in Growth programme have secured more than £2.4 billion in contract and around 4,300 jobs. This is equivalent to over 22,000 man years of high value work.  So we are raising skills and leadership capability in line with the government’s Industrial Strategy and are on track to secure over £60 of contract value for every £1 of government investment. Today’s case studies have raised the bar. The results are outstanding and show that Sharing in Growth has the scope and scale to tackle the UK’s productivity and competitiveness challenge.

The SiG programme was created five years ago to upskill UK aerospace suppliers to achieve around 20% competitiveness improvement and so secure contracts and jobs. Endorsed by Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, GE, GKN, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Rolls-Royce, Safran and Thales, SiG is supported by the Regional Growth Fund and more than £150 million in private investment.

The programme individually tailors and delivers an intense and integrated programme of training, coaching and mentoring for ambitious companies in the aerospace supply chain. Typically the four-year programme focuses on leadership, culture and operational capability delivered by SiG’s own 120 strong team of business coaches as well as a bank of world-leading experts including The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, Deloitte, Industry Forum and the National Physical Laboratory.


LPW Technology AM Metal Powder Manufacturing plant officially opened by HRH Duke of Gloucester

LPW Technology Ltd, the leading manufacturer of ultra-clean additive manufacturing (AM) metal powders and powder traceability solutions for the metal 3D printing industry, is delighted to have welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester to officially open its purpose built, AM metal powder manufacturing facility.


LPW Employees, Engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the global AM industry joined guests from the local area to celebrate the opening of this £20 million metal powder production facility. The 90,000 sqft  (9,700m²) building sits on a seven-acre site in Widnes near Liverpool.

Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Rob Polhill, says: “It is very uplifting to see LPW, whom the Borough has supported in its development of this site, deliver for UK Manufacturing. Manufacturing growth is at the heart of our region’s economic success and LPW is continuing to develop technologies and products to create skilled job opportunities here in Halton in the rapidly growing field of 3D metal printing technology. This demonstrates the success of the advanced manufacturing sector in the North West.

LPW’s vision is to “Understand Additive Manufacturing from the perspective of the metal powder”. This unique vision has allowed LPW to build the first metal powder production facility in the world dedicated to Additive Manufacturing. Quality control is ensured through complete digital integration of processes and a focus on contamination control throughout.

The factory houses a variety of powder production equipment referred to as atomisers, which melt feedstock at approximately 1700ºC. The molten metal is then converted into fine grade metal powder used to 3D-print parts for critical applications in aerospace, automotive and biomedical industries.

CEO Dr Phil Carroll founded the high-tech company LPW in 2007 and leads this factory-of-the-future, manufacturing AM metal powder with unprecedented levels of traceability. The factory has been designed to engineer out contamination. Separate cells, protected with air-locks and operating as clean rooms, enable clear segregation of materials. The facility is fully equipped with LPW’s PowderLife, metal powder lifecycle tracking system, to ensure that from raw material to customer site the material is strictly controlled.


In addition to manufacturing AM specific metal powder, LPW houses world leading material testing equipment to fully characterise metal powders and 3D Printers to develop the next generation of materials for AM. The unique portfolio of atomisation processes, range of AM metal powders and PowderSolve industry 4.0 process software has been developed by LPW to increase material yield and ultimately reduce risk throughout the AM process.

Dr Carroll commented that “As LPW moves confidently into this next stage of our growth plan, we place immense value on our exceptional employees who are making this possible. I’m extremely grateful for the support received from Halton Borough Council and the UK government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). To be part of a UK-based manufacturer helping to realise the potential of 3D printing in applications across the world makes me incredibly proud.”


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

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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/


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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.

On April 12, 1:30 – 3:00, the specialist in AM metal powder manufacture and powder management solutions will question current metal powder specifications’ suitability for AM.

“If the AM community doesn’t take control of quality standards for material specifications, then it could lose valuable production opportunities as AM is dismissed as unsuitable for applications that it would work well in,” says Ben Ferrar, COO of LPW.

“The current standards for metal powder specification for AM are basic, and don’t always reflect recent years’ huge leaps in the understanding of the behaviour and performance of materials in AM processing.  We need specifications that are based on the applications’ needs rather than what suits the powder manufacturers.”

For metal powders to deliver AM built parts with the required properties, the powder specification must establish limits which are tight enough to ensure any variations do not have an effect on process and application performance, yet include sufficient tolerances to accommodate manufacturing and testing variance.

Not only can a metal powder move from, it can also vary within, the current specification limits in terms of its chemistry and physical properties. This can result in issues with material processability during part manufacture or with the final mechanical properties of the part itself – potentially ruling out AM at the feasibility study stage.

Ben continues, “In this workshop our highly-qualified applications engineers will be sharing their experience of how current specs relate to performance, and suggesting a framework to develop AM specifications that will accelerate the adoption of AM for series production.”

Register your interest in attending the workshop or to hear follow-up information here.


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.

GAM is the world leader in tantalum powder technology, and offers powders in nodular, angular, fractal and spherical morphologies for a wide range of critical applications. Successful demonstration of laser 3D printing of tantalum  offers GAM customers another powder option with which to serve medical, dental, military, aerospace and other markets via tantalum-based additive manufacturing. Tantalum offer superior osteointegration, higher biocompatibility and reduced stress shielding with respect to current metals and alloys used for medical implants.

“Leveraging LPW’s laser powder bed fusion expertise, developed by viewing AM from the perspective of the powder, represents one step of our strategy to extend our offering in tantalum and other refractory metals to the additive manufacturing marketplace. We can now measure and share physicochemical data for both our spherical tantalum and the resulting 3D printed part and bring this solution to our partners, for example practitioners , designers and manufacturers of tantalum based surgical implants and other high reliability and critical devices.” said Andrew O’Donovan, CEO, GAM.

LPW Technology is the market leader in the manufacture, development and processing of high-quality metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of solutions and services for the AM industry. These include the development and testing of new alloys, expert application support, and innovative end-to-end hardware and software.

“This initiative demonstrates the benefits of two experts in their fields partnering to expand the materials knowledge-base for AM and accelerate its adoption for production,” said Ben Ferrar, LPW’s COO.  “The performance of metal powder feedstock is key to building consistent AM parts and delivering the required mechanical properties.”

“This work will further develop understanding of the factors affecting tantalum powder spheroidization and how it performs in the AM process, adding assurance to metal AM producers of the material compatibility for AM production.”

View the range of LPW metal powders for Additive Manufacturing here


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


Metal AM – From pizza to powder

Phil Carroll presenting metal powders for AMIf ‘you are what you eat’, then it stands to reason an additively manufactured part will only be as good as the metal powder fed into the AM machine.  On 15 March, 10:00 – 10:30 at the Additive World ‘Industrial 3d Printing Conference’ in Eindhoven, LPW’s CEO Dr Phil Carroll will present ‘From Pizza to Powder: the use of Machine Learning to control powders and realise the potential of new business models’.

Metal powder evolves during use and re-use.  The thickness of the oxide layer increases with thermal cycling and exposure to oxygen in the atmosphere, and the changes affect the process parameters of the AM machine and the final mechanical properties of the end product.

LPW has developed a technique to correlate image analysis of metal powder to its oxygen content.  Machine learning algorithms use colour data from the powder image to determine the oxide layer thickness and infer powder oxygen content information.  From this data adaptive parameters can be developed for the AM machine to accommodate the change in the powder.  Further data analysis of the image can be done offline to analyse trends and optimise the process.  Food for thought!

For more information contact marketing@lpwtechnology.com


LPW’s new laboratory services datasheet focuses on tap density testing

Tap density testing for AM metal powders datasheetLPW Technology, the market leader in the manufacture, development and processing of high quality metal powders and innovative solutions for additive manufacturing, describes the process and benefits of ‘Tap Density Testing for Metal Powders’, in its latest informative laboratory services datasheet.

“Tap density is influenced by the metal powder’s particle shape and particle size distribution, among other properties,” says Lisa Holman, LPW’s Quality Engineer.  “The results can give an indication of the powder’s cohesivity, which can influence flow and affect its behaviour in the additive manufacturing process.  It’s a useful measure of powder consistency for comparison and assurance, and also indicates how a powder might consolidate in transit.”

LPW’s state-of-the-art laboratories undertake a comprehensive range of testing services to ASTM as standard with ISO available on request, adding consistency and confidence to the AM process.  To view the datasheet, click here


Metal AM Company LPW Ranks in Top National Export League for 2nd Year

Sunday Times Export Track 100 logoWorldwide demand for LPW Technology’s high-quality metal powders and the innovative end-to-end hardware and software solutions it has created for the Additive Manufacturing industry has propelled it into the prestigious Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 for the second year running.

The league table ranks the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) private companies with the fastest-growing international sales, and LPW, the global leader in the manufacture, development and processing of metal powders, is the only metal AM company to appear.

“LPW is manufacturing for a global market,” comments Dr Phil Carroll, LPW’s CEO. “We differentiate our offering through technical understanding of metal powders for Additive Manufacturing, consistency in our materials and excellent customer service, and this has ensured our overseas customer base has expanded year on year.  We’re very pleased to be included among the 100 top-performing SME UK exporters.”


LPW’s latest laboratory services datasheet focuses on apparent density testing

 

Apparent density testing for additivve manufacturing metal powdersApparent density testing is the latest laboratory service datasheet to be released by LPW.  ‘Apparent Density Testing for Metal Powders’ examines the reasons for conducting the test, and the methodology underpinning it.

“The apparent density measurement is a quick, cost-effective, standardised method of characterising the volume occupied by a given mass of metal powder,” says Lisa Holman, LPW’s Quality Engineer.  “It provides a useful measure of powder consistency for comparison and assurance.


LPW at the first MAPP conference

The first ever MAPP conferenceadditive manufacturing metal powder degradation slide takes place in Sheffield, UK on the 30 – 31st January, and LPW’s Dr Neil Harrison, AM materials development lead, and Dr Nicola Jones, Marketing Manager, will both be contributing on the second day.

Dr Harrison will be exploring the evolution of metal powder through multiple reuse, and quantifying the relationship between cumulative laser energy and oxygen pick up in his presentation, ‘Measurement, control and prediction of metal powder evolution with serial LPBF processing’.

Dr Jones will be taking part in the Women in Engineering panel discussion ‘From research to results: Is powder research responding to industry’s needs?’, which offers an opportunity to ask the experts about current challenges in AM.


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.”