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 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 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 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
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/
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.
LPW 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.
Understanding 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 (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.
LPW’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
If ‘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!
LPW 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
Worldwide 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.”
Apparent 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.
The first ever MAPP conference 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.
LPW’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 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.
LPW 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 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 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.