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.
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.
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 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.