LPW Technology, a leader in the development and supply of metal powders for Additive Manufacturing (AM), is launching an online software product that it claims enables higher efficiency and better quality control in AM. The product will be launched to the US market at Rapid 2015, May 18-21, California, USA.
LPW POWDERSOLVE™ is a secure, online, fully searchable powder characterisation management system that handles all the analytical data required to assess the performance of AM metal powders. By automating the time intensive process of data collection and analysis it delivers reliable and efficient tracking of the changing properties of AM powders, from the virgin state through repeated use and blending.
By efficiently ordering and presenting powder characterisation data, the software allows users to verify that powders consistently meet performance specifications, to accurately detect contamination or degradation, and ensure sufficient powder is always available to meet production requirements. This information can be used to develop viable powder re-use strategies that reduce production costs, while at the same time safeguarding finished product quality.
“With eight years of experience and a strong network of clients at the highest levels of industry, we understand that companies are looking for greater efficiency and understanding in powder specification as demands increase and powder re-use has become essential for the long term sustainability of the industry,” stated John D Hunter, General Manager of LPW Technology Inc.
“Supplementing the quality certification provided with all LPW virgin powders, with the most accurate and objective performance information available, our ultimate aim is to help end users take the intelligence and effectiveness of their company’s powder lifecycle management to the next level.”
“This is a product set to change the nature of powder management in demanding production environments. We are committed to supporting the industry with objective performance information to reduce the reliance on subjectivity that has historically characterized the practice of powder re-use strategies,” added Hunter
LPW Technology 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. The company will be exhibiting at RAPID 2015, May 19-21, Long Beach, USA, booth #729.
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