CONSORZIO - CALEF sviluppo e applicazioni della tecnologia laser

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The History of Consortium Calef

CALEF is a non-profit research consortium founded in 1998 by ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Calzoni S.p.A., Costamasnaga S.p.A., Ettore Zanon S.p.A., and Rodriquez Cantieri Navali (RCN) S.p.A. (now Intermarine) to conduct research activities and promote the industrial application of high-energy-density welding and heat treatment technologies using Laser and Electron Beam through the interaction between industries and research centers.

Since 1998, the Consortium has experienced continuous growth in terms of participants, enriching its offering of academic and industrial expertise. Laser and Electron Beam-based technologies have expanded over time. The former includes industrial applications in cutting, marking, welding, and additive manufacturing, as well as biomedical applications and diagnostics and cultural heritage applications, managing to treat a wide variety of materials.

Electron Beam technology, alongside the more classic advanced metal welding technology, has evolved to include 3D printing technologies thanks to the advanced management and control systems for beam trajectory.

Alongside the development of processes for the treatment of various materials and the integration of enabling technologies for automation, control, and sensing, high productivity and sustainability systems are being developed towards zero-defect manufacturing.
The research activities of CALEF are primarily focused on the industrial application of laser and electron beam technologies for the treatment of advanced materials, both from a structural and functional perspective.

Over the years, the activities have been extended to the broader field of engineering, processes, and industrial production methods for applications in the transport and energy sectors.

These activities are carried out by leveraging the expertise and equipment of the Consortium's members, as well as through the development of prototype demonstration equipment and plants within the framework of projects funded by National and European grants.
Ongoing Projects
Current projects of the CALEF consortium include several initiatives aimed at developing and applying advanced technologies in the fields of laser welding, electron beam, and related areas of engineering and industrial production. Here is an overview of the ongoing projects:

1. Advanced Laser Welding for Innovative Materials
2. Electron Beam Technologies for Additive Manufacturing
3. Integration of Automation and Sensing Systems
4. European and National Innovation Projects
5. Sustainability and Zero-Defect Manufacturing
6. Biomedical Applications of Laser Technologies

These projects are supported by the interaction and collaboration among consortium members, which include leading companies, universities, and research centers. The CALEF consortium continues to grow and expand its impact through these innovative initiatives, contributing to technological and industrial development in various sectors.
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