Liverpool University's SLM research project

Liverpool University is the first UK institution to purchase and install selective laser melting technology developed last year in Stone, Staffordshire, by MCP Tooling Technologies. The rapid prototyping process, for producing parts direct from CAD data using elementary metal powders, will enable LU to undertake an R&D project into the manufacture of micro-heat exchangers and ultra-light components for aerospace and other applications

Liverpool University's SLM research project

The LU project is part-funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). MCP is supporting the work in conjunction with three other companies, namely Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, Sustainable Energy Systems and Osprey Metal Powders.

MCP also expects uptake by customers worldwide for the rapid manufacture of pressure die-casting tools, injection moulds and single metal or ceramic parts.

SLM can be used to manufacture parts from MCP's low-melt alloys, zinc, bronze, stainless-steel, tool steel, titanium, silicone carbide, aluminium oxide and cobalt chrome. Parts do not require any post-thermal treatment or infiltration with other materials and are polishable to a mirror finish. The mechanical properties of SLM stainless-steel parts are within normal stainless-steel data parameters.

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