10/11/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

LPW Technology Opens R&D Facility for AM Metal Powder Degradation

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The facility will help advance LPW’s PowderLife metal powder lifecycle management solution.


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Additive manufacturing metal powder manufacturer and supplier LPW Technology has established a new R&D facility, located within the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, United Kingdom. The purpose of the facility 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, which houses a number of metal printers, will be led by LPW’s Technical Director, Andy Florentine.

Dr. Phil Carroll, MD and founder of the business, comments 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.”

Part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire, Daresbury Laboratory is a UK government facility dedicated to scientific research in fields such as accelerator science, bio-medicine, physics, chemistry, materials, engineering and computational science.

“By combining these skills with LPW’s expertise, we are together creating a ‘Center of excellence in metal 3D printing’ here in the UK that will support the global industry,” says Florentine.