LPW Technology, which supplies metal powders for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, is working with Exactech, which makes bone and joint restoration products. LPW is supplying titanium powder for a range of tailored bone implants.

According to LPW, as metal powders are reused they can pick up oxygen, and if not handled correctly become contaminated. As a result the company is also providing a powder testing service performing sieve analysis and looking at the powder morphology, chemical verification and oxygen and nitrogen determination on recycled powders to identify any critical changes to the titanium powder prior to reuse.

‘Knowing the condition of your powder at every step of the way is important to have confidence in the integrity of the final built part and helps avoid costly failures and component rejection,’ said John Hunter, general manager of LPW.

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