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Improving selective laser melting methods for reduced materials use

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing process that produces metallic components, achieved by melting small diameter metal alloy powders and building a part layer by layer. This project will develop new materials and processes to make SLM the most efficient way to make ultra-lightweight structural components for aerospace and automotive industries The ambition is to reduce the weight of some structural components by 50% whilst at the same time reducing their carbon footprint, which will have a significant environmental impact.

LPW Technology Limited

LPW Technology offers a complete package to users of laser deposition and additive manufacturing machines. The team provides a one-stop solution to industrial users around the world; supplying metal powders, process development, machine maintenance, powder analysis, alloy development and scrap powder recycling.

Researcher: Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin. He then received an MSc (Eng) in Product Design and Management with distinction from the University of Liverpool, where he was introduced to additive manufacturing. He has a keen interest in the development of Selective Laser Melting.

Project supervision

  • LPW Technology Ltd
  • University of Liverpool

Mon 28 May 2012