The laboratory carries out research in the field of advanced manufacturing technologies and systems, and in particular in additive technologies of plastic and metallic materials for the development of micro components and products.

The activities concern the study of manufacturing processes, the creation of miniaturised specimens and components, or those containing features with microscopic dimensions, and the study of the application of processes to advanced materials, such as polymer matrix composites with nanofillers. In particular, three additive manufacturing processes are studied and used: photopolymerisation of resins by means of light projection (Digital Light Processing – DLP), extrusion by means of fusion deposition of plastic material (Fusion Deposition Modelling – FDM) and extrusion by means of fusion deposition of metallic powder bound by plastic material, followed by sintering (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing – ADAM).

The laboratory works in synergy with the Polymer Matrix Composites, Physical Characterisation and Advanced Controls Additive Manufacturing laboratories in Milan, and the Mechatronics and Prototype Development laboratory at the Bari branch.

  • 3D printer (DLP): EnvisionTEC Micro Hi-Res
  • 3D printer (FDM): Prusa i3 MK3S+
  • 3D printer (FDM): Sharebot NG
  • 3D printing system (ADAM): Markforged Metal X + Wash + Sinter
  • evaluation of single and combined performances of additive manufacturing machines through the realisation of benchmark parts
  • evaluation of the effects of geometry on the mechanical properties of the part by constructing complex 3D micro-structures
  • study of additive manufacturing processes applied to advanced materials
  • study of the use of additive manufacturing processes for the production of customised products
  • study of additive manufacturing processes in biomedical and aerospace applications