So it begins
Laser Prototypes (Europe) Ltd. is established by current Managing Director, Tom Walls offering 2D to 3D CAD services, Vacuum Casting and Stereolithography.
Laser Prototypes Expansion
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.
Low volume production capabilities
Low Volume Production capabilities increased with addition of Reaction Injection Moulding to service range. CNC Machining capabilities also added.
SLS added to service offering
SLS added to service range, providing Laser Prototypes customers access to tough, nylon parts.
Expansion of SLA Services
Further SLA expansion at Laser Prototypes with the installation of High Resolution Viper Machine and addition of new SLA materials.
Expansion of SLS Services
Installation of EOS P390 expands SLS capabilities at Laser Prototypes.
Laser Prototypes Commits to Quality
Laser Prototypes becomes ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 approved reflecting commitment to quality.
Laser Prototypes rebrands
Laser Prototypes (Europe) Ltd undergoes brand overhaul becoming LPE.
LPE moves premises
LPE relocates to custom fit 25,000 sq ft premises to allow for further expansion. Fully controlled spray booth installed to better meet customers finishing & painting requirements.
Introduction of metal sintering services
LPE introduces the Concept Laser Mlab, building parts in stainless steel and aluminium. We become the first bureau in the UK and Ireland to offer high resolution metal sintering builds with a layer thickness of .025mm.
LPE Turns 25
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.
Expansion of metal sintering services
Metal sintering capabilities at LPE continue to expand with the installation of the EOS M290, Sodick AQ537L EDM machine and Nabotherm LH216/12 gas controlled heat treatment furnace. In addition to this titanium added to metal sintering materials range.
Qualification of metal parts for Aerospace
LPE completes two year R&D project with aerospace industry partners allowing us to now offer qualification documentation for metal parts for aerospace.
Introduction of DLP Services and expansion of post processing metal capabilities
LPE installs the Figure 4 machine allowing us to produce parts using digital light processing (DLP) technology. Sodick VL600QH EDM machine and Instron 3382 Tensile machine installed to further expand and develop our metal sintering post processing capabilities.
LPE celebrates 30 years in business with trilogy of new RP machines
30 years on from its inception, LPE makes a £500,000 investment in three new machines – the Neo 450s, EOS P396 and an additional Figure 4 DLP printer.
LPE introduces post processing dying services
LPE installs Dye Mansion machine and can now offer SLS dyed parts in multiple colours.