Advanced Powder Metallurgy and Laser Manufacturing

Fabricación aditiva con láser

Our added value  

More than 30 researchers offer solutions oriented to the complete manufacturing process, which includes, from the development of new materials from metallic or ceramic powders, to additive manufacturing and the use of lasers for this process.

The work together with the leading national and international companies in the sector (manufacturers of powders, equipment and producers of components and systems based on these materials) supports us.

Our research lines  

On Powdermetallurgy

  • Metal powder and composite material atomization. Powders for use in additive manufacturing, magnetic materials and the automotive and aeronautic sectors.

  • Hard and superhard materials. Cutting tools and tools for hot and cold forming. High-entropy alloys and components with high dimensional accuracy. Superabrasive materials (diamond and cBN). Sectors: advanced manufacturing, mining, civil works, oil and gas.

  • Powder metallurgy steels. Development of air-hardening alloys. Surface treatments. Automotive sector.

  • Hot isostatic pressing. Aeronautics sector.

  • Magnetic materials. Manufacture of hard and soft magnetic materials using powder metallurgy routes. Atomization of FeSiB and NdFeB powders. Magnetocaloric materials. MIM processing of soft magnetic materials. Aeronautics sector (EMA). Hoisting and lifting, household appliances.

  • Materials for extreme applications:

  • High-performance fiber-reinforced ceramic composites for combustion systems. Porous materials based on SiC, high silica and other fibers. Use of unclassified fibers. Energy sector.

  • Creep-resistant steels. ODS. Energy Sector.

  • Alloys for nuclear fusion reactors. Self-passivating tungsten-based alloys. SiC components.

  • Thermo-optical coatings.

  • Components for braking systems. Sintered multi-compounds. Transportation sector (railway, automotive).

On Additive Manufacturing

  • Additive manufacture design both for selective laser melting (SLM) and laser metal deposition (LMD).

  • HIP post-processing to improve product properties after additive manufacture.

  • Design of metal powders for additive manufacturing.

  • Development and optimization of laser processes:

  • Femtosecond laser surface processing.

  • Marking via laser interference.

  • Additive manufacturing of metal pieces via LMD.

  • Cladding to repair or coat pieces manufactured via other methods.

  • Heat treatments (hardening and softening), polishing and surface finishing.

  • Remote laser welding with and without filler material. Welding of different materials.