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Numanova, the metal additive manufacturing powder production arm of Italian holding company Italeaf, has commenced industrial activity.
The first order to be processed by the company is a batch of titanium grade 23 to be used in aerospace. Following this, the company plans to expand its production services across other grades of titanium, refractory metal, ceramic, aluminium and precious alloys dependent upon customer demand.
Production - Numanova - Aims - Future - Company
Though industrial production has only just started, Numanova has bold aims for the future. According to the company, “Numanova has the most advanced and robust gas-atomisation technology for the production of metallic powders available today on the international market, based (when fully operational) on 2 plants with installed productivity up to 800t/year.”
Founded in 2010, the Italeaf Group has an active role in encourage greener industrial solutions in Italy. Accordingly, the company is part of T.E.R.N.I. Research, an Italian holding company that specializes in photovoltaic (solar) energy.
Capital - Company - Period - Years - Italeaf
By feeding capital into the company over a period of years, Italeaf’s Numanova subsidiary was first cleared for powder production by the local authorities in July 2016. In addition to fine powders for additive manufacturing, the company also produces feedstock for metal injection molding (MIM) hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and laser cladding.
The Numanova factory, which is located in the Umbria region of central Italy, employs two types of technology for additive manufacturing powder production:
Electrode - Induction-melting - Inert - Gas - Atomization
– Electrode Induction-melting Inert Gas Atomization, EIGA, and;
– Vacuum Induction-melting Inert Gas Atomization, or VIGA.
Difference - Induction - Source
Aside from the obvious difference in induction source, the...
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