Additive manufacturing

Machines | Materials | Applications | Case Studies

Powder-bed based laser melting is an additive manufacturing process, which allows building complex metal components directly from a 3D file. First, the 3D file is elaborated, adding, if necessary, supports or bases. The three-dimensional model is then sliced into very thin sections (slicing) thanks to a precision software. The file is then sent to the Laser Melting machine, which recognizes each section and recreates the original 3D shape, by melting, layer after layer, the schematized areas. This process can be used to produce components made from multiple metal alloys.

The advantages of additive manufacturing technologies are many: the design phase is free from geometrical limitations (e.g. very complex shapes with internal cavities); the components can be customized and their weight reduced through geometry optimization (lightweighting); assembly phases can be reduced; waste material can be minimized and machining can be limited only to the areas that need tight tolerances and high surface finishing.

Machines

Ciesse was one of the first Italian companies to adopt additive technologies. Active since 2007, Ciesse additive manufacturing department now counts 4 M2 cusing and 1 M1 cusing (Concept Laser, a GE Additive company).Ciesse was the first Italian company to install an X line 2000 R (Concept Laser, a GE Additive company), the world’s largest metal laser melting machine.

Materials

STEEL BASED ALLOYS

M300
AISI 630 (17-4 PH)
AISI 316L

ALLOYS FOR THE BIOMEDICAL SECTOR

CoCrW
Ti6Al4V-ELI (ASTM F-136)

NICHEL BASED ALLOYS

Inconel 625
Inconel 718

TITANIUM BASED ALLOYS

Ti6Al4V

ALUMINUM BASED ALLOYS

AlSi12
AlSi7

Certifications

Ciesse certifies its production by following the procedures of the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 standard.

Main Fields of Application

Racing e Automotive

Since the Nineties, Ciesse has been supplying components for Formula 1™ and more specifically for Ferrari Gestione Sportiva. If you want to discover more about the products manufactured for the racing sector follow the link.

Molds

The company manufactures molds with conformal cooling using the powder-bed metal fusion technology. The ability to build internal channels is one of the competitive advantages of additive
manufacturing.

Aerospace and Defence

For the aerospace and defense sectors, Ciesse produces prototypes and small series, mostly with
additive technologies, with the creation of complex geometries that allow for the optimization of the
performance.

Aviation

Ciesse has been working for the commercial aviation sector for several years now with serial
productions
manufactured both completely through machining and through secondary machining operations on components manufactured through Metal Injection Molding.

Ciesse at RM Forum 2021, the conference dedicated to the Italian additive manufacturing ecosystem

Two days dedicated to the world of additive manufacturing at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese. On 22nd and 23rd of September Ciesse participated to RM Forum 2021, the annual conference organized by Eris Eventi, where the world of Italian 3D printing converges: from service providers operating in the…
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Additive Manufacturing

Powder-bed fusion laser melting is an additive manufacturing process that allows for the
manufacturing of complex metal components directly from a 3D file. First, the 3D file is elaborated
through specialized software and supports necessary for the build process and easy to be
removed in the post-production phase are added.

Machining

The combination of additive manufacturing and machining techniques is one of the most advanced technological mix to produce high-precision mechanical components. Ciesse milling, turning, electro-discharge machining departments allow, one side, to manufacture series of components totally produced through chip removal; on the other side, the same departments allow performing the necessary secondary operations on raw components manufactured by additive manufacturing.

Quality Control

Ciesse testing department has three main objectives: to verify that supplied materials (raw or semi-finished) comply with quality standards; to support departments involved in the production process of mechanical components and to test finished parts, providing all certifications that a given client requires.

3D Modeling

DfAM – Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is one of the most interesting frontiers, because it allows rethinking the design phase as to optimize all the advantages offered by the powder-bed laser melting (ex. light weighting)