Research & development

Our research and development efforts are focused around developing PowderLife and novel AM metal powders to advance the metal 3D Printing industry.

We reinvest a proportion of our sales revenue into R&D activities, as this forms a substantive part of our business model, dedicated to leading innovation and advancement in Additive Manufacturing technology that is set to play a significant role in the 21st Century.

In partnership with a number of organisations and leading universities in this field LPW has embarked on a number of pioneering programmes of collaborative research and project opportunities including;

corsair

CORSAIR Project

‘Cold Spray Radical Solutions for Aeronautic Improved Repairs’ (CORSAIR) project is a wide investigation concerning the capabilities of Cold Spray Technology for maintenance and repair of aeronautic frames and components. Today, deep and systematic investigation in Cold Spray is required to better understand the capabilities and fully validate the technology in aeronautics. LPW will lead the fundamental investigation to define powder specifications as well as the procedure to allow the proper characterisation beyond the state-of-the-art.

Funding: 7th framework Programme FP7 2007-2013
Grant Agreement No: 605207

 

hiresebm

HiResEBM Project

High Resolution Electron Beam Melting (HiResEBM) is a partnership between EU SMEs, including LPW, and RTD providers with the aim of developing an Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing process to enable the fabrication of high resolution medical implants with optimised porous structures directly from metal powder.

Funding: 7th framework Programme FP7 2007-2013
Grant Agreement No: 286762

hiresebm.eu

cleansky

Hi-StA-Part Project

The ‘High Strength Aluminium Alloy parts by Selective Laser Melting’ (Hi-StA-Part) Clean Sky project aims to demonstrate the viability to produce aerospace grade aluminium parts using Direct Manufacture – specifically the process of Selective Laser Melting.

LPW in collaboration with TWI Ltd, will aim to demonstrate that components and parts can be manufactured with a significant weight reduction to the required mechanical properties for aerospace applications. This project will go beyond the state-of-the-art by combining innovative manufacturing technology with advanced design theory unrestricted by current manufacturing limitations. This will offer significant improvements in the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the use of SLM production for High Strength Aluminium Alloy parts.

Funding: Clean Sky
Grant Agreement No: 325931

cleansky.eu

intrapid

INTRAPID Project

The ‘Innovative inspection techniques for laser powder deposition quality control’ (INTRAPID) project collaboration between European SME’s, and research organisations aims to develop three non-destructive testing techniques for inspection of parts and components manufactured by Additive Manufacturing Processes, in particular Laser Metal Deposition.

LPW have been identified to provide in-depth balanced expertise in powder manufacture, necessary for users of this technology to exploit it efficiently and permit true industrial wealth generation. This includes evaluation of different manufacturers, processes, alloys and specifications.

Funding: 7th framework Programme FP7 2007-2013
Grant Agreement No: 283833

intrapid.eu

mansys

ManSYS Project

‘Manufacturing decision and supply chain management system for additive manufacturing’ (ManSYS) aims to develop and demonstrate a set of e-supply chain tools; to enable the mass adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM). This will allow businesses to identify and determine the suitability of AM for metal products, and subsequently manage the associated supply-chain issues and ‘facilitating’ open product evolution. LPW’s involvement in the validation of recycling powder will aim to offer a knowledge driven manufacturing process with significant production benefits including reduced material usage and waste.

Funding: 7th framework Programme FP7 2007-2013
Grant Agreement No: 609172

mansys.info

merlin

MERLIN Project

The ‘Development of Aero Engine Component Manufacturing using Laser Additive Manufacturing’ (MERLIN) project aims to reduce the environmental impact of air transport using Additive Manufacturing techniques in the manufacture of civil aero engines. MERLIN will seek to develop the state-of-the-art by producing higher performance additive manufactured parts in a more productive, consistent, measurable, environmentally friendly and cost effective way.

As a project partner LPW provide a range of skills and experience to assist with the associated environmental benefits of the project and a commercially successful outcome for European industry.

Funding: 7th framework Programme FP7 2007-2013
Grant Agreement No: 266271

merlin-project.eu

universityofliverpool

The University of Liverpool

In partnership with The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, LPW has embarked on a pioneering programme of collaborative research and development with the University Of Liverpool School Of Engineering. The centre’s graduate programme designed to give outstanding graduates opportunities within research-intensive growth sectors, allows LPW to undertake a focused R&D project centring on ‘Improving selective laser melting methods for reduced materials use.’

Funding:
Grant Agreement No:

cgeinnovation.org

universityofsheffield

The University of Sheffield

This PHD research into ‘Aerospace design alloys for Selective Laser Melting (SLM)’, funded by LPW, will identify and substantiate key response indicators of alloys such as thermal distortion and cracking tendency when processed using SLM. This will assist in identifying aerospace alloys that are more suitable to process using SLM. Material alloy chemistry will be manipulated and designed to control material properties and alter the materials’ alloys designed for alternative manufacturing processes and use superior high performance alloys designed specifically for the SLM manufacturing process.

Funding:
Grant Agreement No:

shef.ac.uk

Technical library

Information about the standard Additive Manufacturing powders provided by LPW Technology.

Case studies

Research undertaken into how powders and machine parameters can affect final build and environmental effects on powder composition.

Brochures

Our brochures provide an overview of Additive Manufacturing powders and services from LPW Technology, download them here.

Powder production

An explanation of common powder production methods and their main advantages and disadvantages.