3/1/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

LPW Technology’s PowderSolve Software Enables Metal AM Material Traceability

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The software stores information about metal powder including its history and properties.


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LPW Technology’s PowderSolve software, part of the company’s Total Powder Management (TPM) for additive manufacturing, has been developed to meet the challenges faced by the medical and aerospace industries with rigorous traceability requirements. The software is also suitable for use by research centers investigating the effect of powder degradation and mechanical properties during additive manufacturing, enabling them to store chemical and mechanical test results in a single location for simplified, fast access.

The PowderSolve software stores all activities and processing of the powder in a controlled manner, with all activities being logged and any changes to data being recorded. This log helps to ensure data stored has not been tampered with and provides a true history of events, the company says. A history flow chart enables the user retrieve data for a specific build or component, and to trace back powder history or investigate other products that have been manufactured using the same powder batches. The powder's history is fully traceable including when the powder was blended, who blended the powder and the percentages of the batches that were blended.

The software has been developed to be a stand-alone solution to provide an inventory of powders and their locations as well as logging machine usage and availability. It can also be customized to link in with established QMS and ERP systems.