Mike Ford, Sales Director of LPW Technology, a market leader in the development and supply of optimised metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), will present new research on the effects of powder contamination, at ILAS 2015 (Kenilworth UK, 17-18th March).
The Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS) provides the opportunity for users, suppliers and researchers to explore recent advances in applications and processes, and the opportunities presented by laser materials processing (LMP). Discussing the complexities of the AM process, and the potential of powder characterisation data to enhance efficiency and diligence around cross contamination, Mr. Ford will highlight the innovations that are transforming this critical area within the industry.
Highlighting the use of relevant powder testing, a typical production environment case study elucidates how cross contamination and foreign object detection can be identified and mitigated to reduce the risk of part failure.
The analytical data from this work will also be used to demonstrate LPW’s novel software solution for powder management, LPW POWDERSOLVE™. This package can be used to verify that powders consistently meet performance specifications and identify contamination prior to powder use, thereby ensuring the highest levels of quality control throughout the lifecycle of the powder and final component properties.