LPW Technology Ltd, a global market leader in developing, processing and supplying cutting-edge metal powder solutions for additive manufacturing (AM), has taken delivery of a new TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 metal AM machine. The first machine of its kind in the UK, the TruPrint 1000 will enhance LPW's impressive AM R&D capabilities, centred at the company's internationally recognised Daresbury Laboratories in Cheshire.
TRUMPF‘s TruPrint 1000 is a compact machine for the production of small metal components by laser melting on a powder bed. Also known as LMF (laser metal fusion), the process works by using metal powder and laser light, quickly producing components of virtually any geometric shape. This plug-and-play machine majors on intuitive operation, high process speeds, a generously proportioned process chamber and a complementary MobileControl App for remote operation and monitoring. The machine is expected to add important capability to LPW’s well-established metal powder expertise.
“LPW is expanding its PowderLife products and solutions throughout the industrial AM process and this new machine enables us to accelerate not only novel alloy development, but also applications testing, process optimisation, powder degradation studies and R&D projects,” says LPW’s Applications Manager Ian Brooks.
“The future lies in understanding data throughout the AM process, from beginning to end, linking together all the processes and data that affect the powder and ultimately, reproducible build quality,” he adds. “Our PowderSolve software package, as part of PowderLife, adds insight into this process. In conjunction with TRUMPF, we are looking to enhance our knowledge and specification of AM process parameters.”
The TRUMPF TruPrint 1000 will form part of a new metal AM lab that is being created by LPW. “We are delighted that the TruPrint 1000 enables us to showcase and continue to develop PowderLife, our metal powder lifecycle management system that controls risk and traceability for manufacturers,” says Mr Brooks.
LPW and TRUMPF are working together to develop validated AM metal powder and process control solutions that will benefit industrial end-users of LMF machines.