LPW Technology not only celebrates intelligence in metals, but they also celebrate quality assurance in their industry and for their client base. Based in the UK, LWP specializes in supplying metal powders for clients who are involved in 3D printing in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, all of which are sectors obviously requiring stringent safety measures as well as testing and certifications.
While those involved in 3D printing and manufacturing products carry the ultimate weight of being responsible for their products, quality begins with the foundation of the product. That’s where LPW comes in, offering:
- Metal powders
- Powder analysis
- Alloy development
- Powder management
Their success, since coming onto the 3D printing scene in 2007, is due to the quality control mechanisms they have in place. Their expertise allows them to offer superior and reliable materials for 3D printing that also offers greater affordability to their client base, who can then pass that down to their customers. Attending to all required ASTM and ISO specifications, they work with all standard operating procedures. And there is news on that front as their commitment to quality assurance continues to expand, along with products and services available.
In addition to all of their existing quality control standards, LPW has just announced that they have achieved ISO 13485 certification for the metal powders they supply to the medical industry. They have also just added certifications in AS 9100, AS 9120 for aerospace, and ISO 9001.
For both LPW and their clients in the medical and aerospace industries, the continued certification means they are following all the processes to see that the materials used for 3D printing are met with quality assurance and a quality management system that meets very strict guidelines, and they start at the beginning with the metal powder base.
“Achieving ISO 13485 means it will be easier for our customers to go through their regulatory supplier approvals when bringing a medical or dental application to market which incorporates powders from LPW,” said managing director Dr. Phil Carroll. “Although as the raw material [metal powders] being supplied to our customers is classed as a component part, and the CE mark directive is only relevant to finished products, we believe ISO 13485 certification gives new and existing customers the reassurance they need in the consistency of our quality management system and the powders we supply.”
LPW’s clients are not only 3D printing products, devices, and components for the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries but as they are assured excellent quality control standards, so are their own customers as desired products ultimately give the customer the best outcome and experience possible. LPW puts constant emphasis on assessing and testing their materials, as well as ‘traceability’ regarding their metal powders from beginning to end.
LPW’s inception in 2007 was based on a specific need for metal powders and support in laser deposition and 3D printing. As years passed and their expertise increased, they have become known for a wide range of metal powders, products, and consulting services. All quality is ensured by strictly adhering to AS 9120, AS 9100, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified procedures.