LPW Technology, based in the UK, is well known for its production of industrial-grade metal additive manufacturing powders, and the company, which achieved important AS 9120A and ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance certifications in January, has a full range of metal powder materials to offer. LPW aims to add high quality to AM processes with its well-defined powders and services, and received a substantial strategic investment from Stratasys this spring to develop end-to-end metal powder solutions, which are engineered for Electron Beam (EBM) and laser-based (SLM, LMD) additive manufacturing processes.
The company focuses on all things metal, working to study micro-cracking and porosity, collaborating with Lancaster University to create a Engineering Research Chair for additive manufacturing, and making its AM PowderLab available to a team of researchers working to develop new AM alloys. LPW even introduced a new materials process last year, and has worked with Metalysis to develop more clean, environmentally friendly metal powders.
LPW has networks with official representatives in Europe, and also in Asia. Over the last few years, the company has been taking advantage of the increasing demand for 3D printing in the Asia-Pacific area, busily building up its presence there with multiple partnerships. LPW has collaborated with such companies as Shanghai Dream Arising, Shaanxi 3D Technology, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. Now, LPW is introducing the newest member of its Asia-Pacific team, M G Sales Corporation, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Dermot Desmond, LPW’s Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, said, “We recognise that as serial AM production becomes a commercial reality in India, LPW needs a local presence to provide the metal powder technologies, solutions and services our clients need. LPW is committed to supporting the Indian AM sector to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and the strong local partnership with M G Sales Corporation will contribute to this.”
LPW will introduce its new reseller this week at the Additive Manufacturing Society of India (AMSI) conference, held in Bangalore from September 7th through the 8th.
“As LPW continues to expand its global operations and extends the level of service it offers its customers in India, AMSI is the ideal opportunity to meet AM professionals keen to promote state-of-the art 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technology,” Desmond explained.
AMSI’s objective is to promote state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technology, while expanding collaborative relationships in all aspects of the technology, including training, R&D, and skill development, with international organizations, in order to empower the advanced manufacturing technology in India. This goes hand-in-hand with the Make In India initiative Desmond mentioned, which was launched by the Prime Minister in 2014 in an effort to transform the country into a global manufacturing and design hub.
The AMSI conference and event is open to all manufacturers of AM systems, as well as service providers, AM material manufacturers and suppliers, reverse engineering vendors, and many others, to give them a platform to showcase their latest technology and products, as well as new business relationships like the one between LPW and M G Sales Corporation. You can visit the website to learn about registration for the event.
“India’s AM prototyping and materials market is projected to reach over $62 million by 2022. In response to the rapid rate of adoption for additive manufacturing technology in India’s aerospace, automotive, engineering and dental sectors, LPW is strengthening its position in the market by supplying its optimised materials through one of the country’s leading high-tech solutions providers,” Desmond said. “With over 20 years’ experience in the tooling and thermal spray market, the M G team shares LPW’s values of supplying premium quality products underpinned with excellent applications knowledge and customer service.”
[Source: LPW Technology]