UK based LPW Technology have opened a new research and development facility in the internationally recognised Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, UK. LPW is a market leader in the development of metal powder degradation and manufactures and supplies cutting edge metal powder solutions for additive manufacturing. The facility, which is the home of a number of metal printers, will be used for AM metal powder degradation. The purpose of the significant investment is to further develop LPW’s products and solutions to address the issues of metal powder degradation and contamination during the AM process. The facility will be led by LPW’s new Technical Director, Andy Florentine, who was appointed on September 12th.
Dr Phil Carroll, MD and founder of the business commented that “In addition to expanding our powder manufacturing capabilities, we see the future of metal AM in solving the problems associated with how the powder is reused within the AM machine. We call the solution PowderLife – a metal powder lifecycle management system that strictly controls risk and traceability for AM metal part manufacturers. It is an integrated suite of software, hardware, analysis, applications support and, of course, metal powders.”
Located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire, Daresbury Laboratory is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council and is a UK government facility dedicated to world leading scientific research in a number of fields including accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science.
Andy Florentine, further commented that “By combining these skills with LPW’s expertise, we are together creating a ‘Centre of excellence in metal 3D printing’ here in the UK that will support the global industry.”
As Michael Norris, Head of Business Incubation from STFC, Daresbury commented “We are delighted that LPW Technology has chosen to locate in our facility. This is an excellent example of UK scientific funding, STFC world-class R&D facilities and a dynamic, self-made business coming together to meet the commercial, process manufacturing needs of high tech industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, defence and energy sectors.”
An innovative market leader, LPW is adding knowledge and reliability to the rapidly growing metal 3D printing industry. There are 90 highly skilled staff members working from their head office in Runcorn, Cheshire, along with offices in the US and Germany. The company has developed a unique portfolio of products and software to increase yield and reduce risks in the AM process.
About LPW Technology
Established in 2007, LPW is an innovative market leader adding knowledge and reliability to the fast growing metal 3D printing industry, through the development and supply of metal powders and controls for additive manufacturing, The Company provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry ranging from the development of new alloys, provision of expert application support, and analytical testing of powder and built parts. The company has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with standard powders supplied from stock, and custom and development alloys available on request.
LPW Technology invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service. LPW PowderSolve®, a proprietary software package, supports efficient powder lifecycle management, as part of PowderLife.