POWDERSOLVE additive manufacturing software.
LPW Technology is set to launch LPW POWDERSOLVE to the US market at RAPID 2015. The revolutionary online software product that enables higher efficiency and better quality control in additive manufacturing will be exhibited at the event in Long Beach, California on 18-21 May.
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.
John D Hunter, General Manager of LPW Technology Inc. said “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. 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.”
Presenting collected data through an interactive interface with detailed analysis and graphs, 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.
Mr. Hunter concluded, “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 characterised the practice of powder re-use strategies.”
LPW Technology is a global supplier of certified AM powders and has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting, Laser Metal Deposition and Electron Beam Melting. Most recently the company struck a partnership with Shaanxi 3D Technology, a Chinese 3D printing company to expand the distribution of its metal powder products to the burgeoning Chinese additive manufacturing market.