After a Master degree in Industrial Chemistry, Marta Invernizzi decided to get into a PhD in Materials Engineering with the Polytechnic University of Milan.
She is one of the few in Italy to have such an academic mixed background. She is an expert in polymeric additive manufacturing, and her PhD was based on the development of new resins and composites for additive manufacturing. She currently is an Industrial Gases and AM sales representative at at Rivoira Group.
Nora Touré: Marta, could you let us know briefly about your background and your journey into Additive Manufacturing?
Marta Invernizzi: I have a master degree in Industrial Chemistry, but I worked only few months after the graduation in the galvanic industry, because I decided to take a break of one year. In fact, this type of work didn’t satisfy me and I took this opportunity when I found out I was pregnant.
It was only when I decide to do a PhD in Materials Engineering that I discovered Additive Manufacturing. In fact, my future supervisor involved me in a brief period in her lab before the beginning of the PhD in order to prepare me about it. She told me that my PhD will be focused on new photoreactive polymers and polymer composites for additive, but for me it was a completely new world.
My supervisor’s claim was “if you can imagine it, you can print it”. My supervisor succeeded in transfer me the passion for Additive, and this allowed me to be assigned in a very short period to a project for the development of Additive in my actual Company.
Nora Touré: What is RIVOIRA and what is your role within the company?
Marta Invernizzi: Rivoira is one of the main Italian companies active in the market for the production and distribution of industrial, medical, specialty and refrigerant gases, and provides essential support to various industrial sectors including metallurgy, chemicals, electronics, automotive, construction, shipbuilding and food. Founded in 1920, it is now part of Nippon Gases Europe, a company owned by Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, the Japan largest industrial gas producer and one of the top five industrial gas suppliers in the whole world with more than 100 years of experience in the gas industry.
Additive Manufacturing is one of the emergent business of Taiyo Nippon Sanso that with a R&D laboratory in Japan is studying new gases mixtures and technological solutions. In particular in Italy Rivoira is establishing itself as a reliable partner to improve the metal AM processes through gases and by means of our Japanese research.
Since I was hired one year ago, I am an industrial gases sales representative: in particular I offer gases and solutions for Metal Fabrication (welding and cutting applications ) and Food & Beverage (MAP packaging, blanketing) sectors. But thanks to my background in few months I was assigned also to a new marketing project related to the sale and development of new technologies to support Metal Additive Manufacturing processes.
As multinational corporation, this role allowed me to travel and meet my European and also Japanese colleagues. My Company recognized my skills and despite my short experience here, entrusted me with this project, also by increasing my knowledge with schools and training.
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