John Hunter, who will head up the new US office.
John Hunter, who will head up the new US office.

By Liz Nickels

Opening in June 2014, LPW Technology Inc will be situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will provide support and sales to a growing number of customers in the US.

“Our global client base continues to show encouraging growth and the time feels right for this significant expansion into the US,” said Phil Carroll, MD of LPW Technology

LPW Technology Inc will develop and provide powders specifically for selective laser melting (SLM), laser metal deposition (LMD) and electron beam melting (EBM), with standard powders supplied from stock and custom, and development alloys on request. Certified products are available for aerospace, and in 2014 LPW will add certification for biomedical applications to its existing quality control standards.

Testing laboratory

The LPW Technology Inc office will be headed by John Hunter, an AM expert, and the US team will work with engineers and researchers at LPW’s headquarters in the UK. The new office will ultimately have a laboratory with instrumentation for chemical, physical and bulk powder property testing. This facility will enable the US team to apply a wide range of analytical techniques to robustly assess the suitability of metal powders for new AM applications, and to determine the feasibility of recycling used powders.