The founder of LPW Technology Ltd, a supplier of high quality metal powders and software solutions for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, will have a key role on the Industrial Advisory Board of a £20 million government-backed initiative. MAPP, the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes, has been created to support UK businesses to exploit the potential of powder based manufacturing routes including metal AM technologies.
“It’s an accolade not only for the company but also for our highly-qualified team, that LPW’s innovation and expertise in the field of metal powders has been recognised with the opportunity to contribute to this project,” comments Dr Phil Carroll, the founder and CEO of LPW.
As a respected industry entrepreneur and leader, Dr Carroll was approached to Chair the Industrial Advisory Board of MAPP, which is led by the University of Sheffield and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). One of eight research hubs exploring and improving new manufacturing techniques, MAPP will focus on supporting the UK's manufacturing base to capitalise on the opportunities powder processes, including AM, have to offer, translating advancing technologies into practical solutions for industries such as aerospace, energy and biomedical.
Dr Carroll delivered a presentation on LPW's vison at MAPP's official launch event at Sheffield University at the end of January, 2017. "LPW's commitment to the research and development of AM solutions from the perspective of the metal powder directly complements MAPP's vision to deliver new powder-based manufacturing processes that will provide low-energy, low cost and low waste manufacturing routes and products for industry," says Dr Carroll. "We're excited to be contributing to a forward-looking project that has the potential to transform our manufacturing base."
MAPP will work with academic, commercial and innovation partners to drive the research needed to address the challenges limiting the development and uptake of powder-based processes.