H2020 European project FAST ("Functionally Graded Additive Manufacturing Scaffolds by Hybrid Manufacturing")


Nine European companies and research institutes have teamed up in the EU-funded research and innovation project “FAST”, which stands for “Functionally graded Additive Manufacturing (AM) scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing”, to make a new 3D printing technology available for the manufacture of implants customized to the patient at affordable cost. Specific patient implants can promote effective preoperative planning, shortening the time of surgery and improving the lifetime of the implant (NMP07, GA n. 685825, http://project-fast.eu/en/home ).

Polymer nano-composites, smart fillers, atmospheric plasma surface functionalisations,and bio-resorbable polymers will be integrated in a single hybrid AM process that is even capable to produce gradients in the bulk or surface properties of the individual scaffold. Final objective of the project is to realize a demonstrator of the proposed hybrid AM technology in order to achieve a small scale pilot production of scaffolds for bone regeneration with the novel smart features to be tested in a preclinical trial.

The new Hybrid 3D printing technology for implants manufacturing will be developed by integrating both Nadir’s technologies: a new active polymer nanocomposite for 3D printers, and an innovative plasma module for surface functionalisations.

Studio di un innovativo sistema al plasma atmosferico per applicazioni nel settore medico-chirurgico

1/06/2015 - 30/10/2015

Da una prima indagine alcune modifiche del dispositivo possono ampliarne l’uso nel settore medico chirurgico ad esempio per la sterilizzazione e cauterizzazione di ferite. Alcuni dispositivi al plasma atmosferico negli ultimi anni sono stati commercializzati per tali finalità medico-chirurgiche dimostrando un forte fermento del settore.

Può il Plasma Stylus Noble di Nadir essere usato per tali applicazioni?

Il progetto ha come scopo di rispondere a questa domanda effettuando:

  • una più accurata valutazione del mercato dei sistemi al plasma atmosferico nel campo medico-chirurgico tramite la verifica dei dispositivi attualmente commercializzati e uno studio di letteratura;
  • una valutazione dei requisiti medici e funzionali in base alle applicazioni per cui il plasma “modificato” di Nadir può essere più adatto;
  • una prima bozza di business plan focalizzata sul mercato;
  • uno studio delle modifiche del dispositivo in particolare dal punto di vista di simulazioni fluidodinamiche;
  • uno studio del disegno del prodotto nel suo complesso.

Development of products and processes for CH cleaning and protection

01/07/2014 - 30/06/2015


POR 5.1.1 DGR 2054 del 19.11.2013 della Regione del Veneto. NADIR is the leading participant.

Nadir srl has succeeded in developing a prototype of atmospheric plasma torch dedicated to applications in Cultural Heritage, but suitable also for other industrial Made in Italy sectors such as protective and decorative coatings for the industrial design and the luxury field. The innovative instrument differentiate from the plasma torches already present on the market since it has attracted various expressions of interest so as to bring to a patent application November 9, 2013 .

On the other side, in order to bring the prototype to a commercial level further research and development steps are required to solve different technological and industrialization issues.

Final aim of the project is the synthesis of the different developments in a commercial prototype.

EU FP7- PANNA - Plasma and Nano for New Age soft conservation

1/11/2011 - 31/10/2014

NADIR is partner of the European project PANNA (http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/101319_en.html) with the task of developing an atmospheric plasma torch customised for applications in the Cultural Heritage field.

The project focused on the development of a plasma jet dedicate to CH field for cleaning, coating deposition and removal, together with formulation of the coatings themselves. The plasma jet cleaning technique allows the removal of organic substances or the reduction of metal corroded layers in a “green” and non-contact way, without any temperature, mechanical or chemical harming of the artifacts. The novel hydrophobic coatings enable the exploitation of nanotechnology for self-diagnostic capability as well as reading invisible tags for identification and prevention of counterfeiting. In particular the self-diagnostic ability allows the inspection of the protection state avoiding expensive scaffolding and hindering to tourist’s view.


SIMPA - Study of an Innovative Atmospheric Plasma Microtorch

15/12/2009 - 30/06/2011

L.R. 18.05.2007 n.9 Veneto Region. NADIR S.r.l. as single participant.

The project focused on the evaluation of the best design at the laboratory scale in order to obtain an atmospheric plasma microtorch. The project starts with an evaluation of the literature and of patents already present in the field and then on a preliminary testing of a potential design of the device.