LPE Company History

1991

Laser Prototypes established by current Managing Director, Tom Walls offering 2D to 3D CAD services, Vacuum Casting and Stereolithography.

 

 

1995

Laser Prototypes becomes the first company in the UK to install an EOS Rapid Prototyping machine.Expansion of Vacuum Casting facilities and installation of full spray paint booth.

 

 

1997

Full workshop facilities added – Laser Prototypes can now offer compete finishing and painting services.

 

 

1999

Expansion of Vacuum Casting services increases available part build size to 1.5m.

 

 

2000

Low Volume Production capabilities increased with addition of Reaction Injection Moulding to service range. CNC Machining capabilities also added.

 

 

2003

SLS added to service range, providing Laser Prototypes customers access to tough, nylon parts.

 

 

 

2007

Further SLA expansion with installation of High Resolution Viper Machine and addition of Si25, Si50 and Si60 to the SLA material range.

 

 

 

2008

Installation of EOS P390 expands SLS capabilities.

 

 

 

2009

Xtreme and Watershed added to SLA material range. Laser Prototypes becomes ISO  9001 and ISO 13485 approved reflecting commitment to quality.

 

 

2010

New 250 SLA machine installed to meet growing demand.

 

 

 

2011

SL7820 SLA resin added to materials range.

 

 

2012

SLS expansion with addition of Formiga P100 machine and introduction of Alumide, Prime Cast and Prime Part to SLS range. Laser Prototypes undergoes brand overhaul becoming LPE.

 

 

2013

LPE relocates to custom fit 25000 sq ft premises to allow for further expansion.  Fully controlled spray booth installed to better meet customers finishing & painting requirements.

 

 

2014

LPE becomes the first company in the UK & Ireland to run two resins on the iPro8000 machine allowing for large SLA builds in NanoTool & Xtreme.

 

 

2015

LPE introduces the Concept Laser Mlab, allowing for high resolution metal sintering. With a layer thickness of .025mm, it enables a build accuracy which matches that of high resolution SLA.

 

 

2016

LPE celebrates 25 years in business. New Faro Arm installed in the CNC department to facilitate accurate production of first article inspection and certificate of conformance reports.

 

2017

LPE introduces the Sodick AQ537L EDM machine allowing production of high accuracy wire erosion parts.

Titanium added to metal sintering materials range and EOS M290 installed in order to expand metal sintering capabilities.

Testimonial

“I have always found LPE to be fast and efficient and when the opportunity arises will use them again in the future”