UK metal powder maker teams up with Airbus subsidiary

UK-based metal powder manufacturer, LPW Technology, has formed a strategic partnership with Airbus APWorks to supply its Scalmalloy aluminium-magnesium-scandium alloy to the additive manufacturing (AM) sector.

The UK based metal powder manufacturer has formed a strategic partnership with APWorks to supply its Scalmalloy aluminium-magnesium-scandium alloy – image courtesy of LPW.

Building on its experience in the aerospace sector, LPW is aligning strategically with internationally recognised 3D components manufacturer APWorks to support the global requirements for high-strength aluminium with Scalmalloy.

As reported, LPW is accredited to AS 9120A for aerospace, implementing robust quality management processes that assure the integrity of the metal powders it supplies to safety-critical sectors world-wide.

Ben Ferrar, LPW’s chief operating officer, said: “As the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders and software solutions for the AM industry, we are continually expanding our materials range to enable new applications and productionisation of the technology.

“Expanding our metal powder range to include Scalmalloy, with its high strength, lightweight characteristics, enables manufacturers to access the technological and commercial benefits this proven metal AM alloy has to offer.

“Compared to all other aerospace aluminium alloys, Scalmalloy offers a unique level of corrosion resistance, its high strength to weight ratio makes it perfect for light-weighting applications, crucial to optimising the build to use ratio in component design. Scalmalloy enables the lowest buy-to-fly ratio compared to conventionally designed and manufactured parts.”

Chief sales and marketing officer of APWorks, Sven Lauxmann, said: “Partnering strategically with an AM metal powder specialist such as LPW further strengthens the Scalmalloy supply chain, supporting APWorks’ vision to expand the industrial application of AM technologies and solutions across the sectors.”

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