Metal Powder Works to begin powder manufacturing in Neighborhood 91

August 26, 2022

August 26, 2022

Metal Powder Works has opened a manufacturing facility at Neighborhood 91 which will offer its DirectPowder™ novel powder production process (Courtesy Metal Powder Works)
Metal Powder Works has opened a manufacturing facility at Neighborhood 91 which will offer its DirectPowder™ novel powder production process (Courtesy Metal Powder Works)

Metal Powder Works (MPW), Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA, has announced that it will join Neighborhood 91, the Additive Manufacturing production campus located at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new facility will function as the company’s main powder production site, expanding capacity by a factor of eight and signalling a shift to an operational focus as the company winds down fundamental development.

Founded in 2017 by John E Barnes and Chris Aldridge, MPW aims to bring a step change in metal powder production yield, cost and quality with its proprietary DirectPowder™ powder production technology. The process converts feedstock into fine powder particles via software-drive, patent-pending technology, which reportedly converts nearly 100% of input material into suitable powder without the need for melting. DirectPowder is said to allow for specific particle size distributions and enables non-equiaxed morphologies.

MPW will market and sell primarily aluminium and copper powders from the Neighborhood 91 location. Tom Bockius, MPW’s Technical Director, will oversee the construction and installation of equipment at Neighborhood 91, with the company planning to be fully operational by the end of October 2022.

“The concept of Neighborhood 91 was always to bring an Additive Manufacturing supply chain to one centralised location,” stated John Barnes, MPW founder and CEO. “We’re excited to be a part of Pittsburgh’s advanced manufacturing scene.”

Neighborhood 91: The bridge to Additive Manufacturing production

We reported on the Neighborhood 91 campus in more detail in the Autumn 2020 edition of Metal AM magazine. The full report is available to read here.

August 26, 2022

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Metal powders in Additive Manufacturing: An exploration of sustainable production, usage and recycling
  • Inside Wayland Additive: How innovation in electron beam PBF is opening new markets for AM
  • An end-to-end production case study: Leveraging data-driven machine learning and autonomous process control in AM
  • Consolidation, competition, and the cost of certification: Insight from New York’s AM Strategies 2024
  • Scandium’s impact on the Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys
  • AM for medical implants: An analysis of the impact of powder reuse in Powder Bed Fusion

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap