LPE Company History
Laser Prototypes established by current Managing Director, Tom Walls offering 2D to 3D CAD services, Vacuum Casting and Stereolithography.
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.
Full workshop facilities added – Laser Prototypes can now offer compete finishing and painting services.
Expansion of Vacuum Casting services increases available part build size to 1.5m.
Low Volume Production capabilities increased with addition of Reaction Injection Moulding to service range. CNC Machining capabilities also added.
SLS added to service range, providing Laser Prototypes customers access to tough, nylon parts.
Further SLA expansion with installation of High Resolution Viper Machine and addition of Si25, Si50 and Si60 to the SLA material range.
Installation of EOS P390 expands SLS capabilities
Xtreme and Watershed added to SLA material range. Laser Prototypes becomes ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 approved reflecting commitment to quality.
New 250 SLA machine installed to meet growing demand.
SL7820 SLA resin added to materials range.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LPE install second Concept Laser machine to further expand metal sintering capacity.
LPE installs the Figure 4 machine allowing production of parts using digital light processing. Sodick VL600QH EDM machine and Instron 3382 Tensile machine installed to further expand and develop metal sintering capabiliites.
“Stereolithography models allow us to do production intents within days. On one project alone it saved us £100,000 in tooling costs and reduced the lead time from 7 months to 7 days”