John Hunter, General Manager of UK-based LPW Technology Ltd, a market leader in the development and supply of optimised metal powders for additive manufacturing (AM), will present new research on powder re-use at RAPID 2014 (Detroit, 9-12th June). RAPID is an industry-leading forum for discussion of the latest advances in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid technologies and 3D scanning. In his presentation ‘Quality control measures critical to the adoption of sustainable Additive Manufacturing component production’, Mr Hunter will highlight the analytical techniques that can be used to assess the suitability of metal powders for AM applications and recycling. LPW Technology will also exhibit LPW PowderSolve, the company’s innovative software solution for powder lifecycle management on the company’s booth #1521.
Understanding the behaviour of metal powders in AM machines is vital for the precisely controlled production of sophisticated, functional components. Identifying which powder properties control AM performance supports both the optimisation of metal powders for specific applications and the reliable evaluation of used powders for further processing. Powder recycling is essential for the long-term sustainability of the industry.
Mr Hunter’s talk will focus on new research that assesses the impact of two alternative AM technologies on the mechanical and metallurgical properties of metal powders, Selective Laser Melting and Laser Metal Deposition. The experiments elucidate how processing changes metal powders, an essential step in assessing the feasibility of recycling. The analytical data from this work will also be used to demonstrate a novel software solution for powder management, LPW PowderSolve. This package can be used to maintain traceability, document powder aging, and highlight contamination prior to powder use, thereby ensuring the highest levels of quality control, throughout the lifecycle of the powder.
LPW Technology is a global supplier of certified AM powders and lead the way in characterising and optimising powders for specific machines or applications. 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. To discuss any aspect of AM metal powder performance with experts from company visit booth #1521.
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About LPW Technology
Established in 2007, LPW Technology is a market leader in the development and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry. These services range from the development of new alloys, through expert application support, to AM machine maintenance. 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.
LPW Technology has its headquarters on the Science and Innovation Campus at Daresbury, UK. From here the company supplies high quality, certified powders, at competitive prices to a global customer base drawn from the aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. LPW have global partnerships with exclusive representatives in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Switzerland and Turkey; committed to supporting adoption of AM technologies globally with combined expertise and local knowledge.
In 2014 LPW Technology will add ISO13485 certification for medical supply to its existing quality control standards: AS 9100 and AS 9120 Rev A for aerospace and ISO 9001:2008.