5/2/2017

LPW Technology to Showcase PowderTrace for Metal Powder Control

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Rapid 2017: The AM metal powder control and traceability solution relies on "smart hoppers" capable of monitoring powder conditions.

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At Rapid 2017, LPW Technology will showcase its PowderTrace system for control of metal powders for additive manufacturing. According to the company, the system has the potential to reduce the risk of contamination in metal AM, minimize handling, and decrease the risk of accidental mixing of powders. 

The system relies on "smart hoppers" capable of monitoring the weight, humidity, temperature, pressure and oxygen levels of metal powder. The hoppers can be used to transport powders to the manufacturing facility, as well as store as much as 470 kg of powder. All data collected during transportation and storage can be uploaded into PowderSolve, LPW's quality control software package. This capability enables users to manage data from powders across multiple locations and machines for a clear overview of production status. 

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