The Department of Advanced Manufacturing deals with studying and optimizing the use of the PBF (power bed fusion) additive production technology. This consists of the selective fusion of successive layers of those metal powders not accurately studied yet, such as copper and its alloys, very innovative in many critical applications. The Department has a pivotal role in the Foundation’s positioning project as a Center for Competence and Benchmarking for Advanced Additive Manufacturing.
The PBF includes both the SLM (Selective Laser Melting) which uses one or more lasers as a melting source, and the SEBM (Selective Electron Beam Melting) which employs a collimated electron beam.
The layer by layer approach allows you to deal with the production of components with such complex geometries not processable otherwise or with traditional production technologies.
How does the department work?
The Department operates in all phases of the production process, which can be grouped in the following way :