The Advanced Manufacturing Department is aimed to the study and optimization of the PBF (Power Bed Fusion) additive productive technology, i.e. the selective fusion of subsequent layers of metal powder which must still be deeply studied such as copper and its alloys, which would be really innovative in critical applications.
In the PBF area there are also: the SLM (Selective Laser Melting) technology which use one or more lasers as a melting source; the SEBM (Selective Electron Beam Melting) which use a focused electron beam. The layer-by-layer approach allows to face the production of components through such complex geometries that couldn’t be worked through the traditional productive technologies.
The AMD considers all the steps of the productive process that may be resumed in the following way:
We also operate with Tantalum. Tantalum offers many unique beneﬁts for aerospace, industrial,medical and nuclear applications which include heat resistance to above 2500 °C, corrosion resistance, good hardness and capability to shield. It also has beenreported to have osseointegration, biocompatibility and antibacterial properties.To date, FEA is involved in the European Space Agency project No. 4000125460/18/UK/ND “Hollow Cathode for Electric Propulsion using Advanced Manufacturing Techniques”. In this project, FEA has the task of producing AM components for satellite thrusters.