Printing firm invests £500k for new technology
An east Belfast firm is investing £500,000 in a new metal production process. Belfast 3D printing service, Laser Prototypes Europe (LPE) has announced its largest investment to date.
The new piece of equipment will allow the company to become the only firm in Ireland to offer its aerospace, motor racing and medical customers parts built in aluminium, stainless steel and titanium.
Parts are 'printed' to have similar mechanical and physical properties to wrought metal.
Managing director of LPE, Tom Walls said: "Metal sintering greatly reduces time and financial costs compared to traditional manufacturing of components.
"This new innovation removes the constraints of traditional manufacturing, allowing our customers freedom to design efficient, lightweight parts. It offers an ideal solution for the cost effective production of prototypes or final production components."