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LPE expands metal 3D printing service with new facility

Based in Belfast EPL purchased a second EOS M 290 machine, to meet the growing demand for sintered metal parts.

For metal 3D printing customers, this means “faster throughput, shorter lead times, and larger production capabilities.”

There is a wider choice of materials for large metal parts, with the company now using stainless steel on the machine, as well as the already available aluminum and titanium materials.

After a series of R&D projects in the field of metal 3D printing, in partnership with local companies and universities, LPE has accumulated great expertise with this machine.

“This has been a critical part of our service to medical, aerospace and motorsport customers,” said Patrick Walls, director of engineering. “We are frequently asked to print very complex production quality parts that customers want to be perfectly reproducible. The M 290 offers just that.

The metal sintering service at LPE also includes high resolution DMLS, comprehensive test equipment, first article inspections (FAI) and certificates of conformity (COC).

Just a few months ago, LPE expanded its in-house selective laser sintering capabilities by installing three post-processing systems from DyeMansion. These systems are designed to automate the finishing of laser-sintered polymer parts. LPE offers other services such as vacuum casting and CNC machining.

Almost a year earlier, the company had invested £500,000 in a Stratasys NEO 450s, a Figure 4 from 3D Systems and a P396 from EOS. The company even produced 3D-printed rings worn by Lady Gaga for an Intel-powered David Bowie Tribute in 2016.

The EOS M 290 received an upgrade in July when it was announced that four new materials had been added to the machine’s materials portfolio.

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