Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


CATEC achieves another important project for the space sector and will manufacture new components for the JUICE scientific mission

Our Center and the CiTD company, along with Airbus and the European Space Agency, will develop new structural fittings in 3D printing for the spacecraft, which will be launched into space in 2022

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CATEC and the Spanish engineering company CiTD confirm their commitment to the space sector and will develop along with Airbus and the European Space Agency (ESA) a new generation of structural fittings manufactured using additive manufacturing technology (3D printing), for the new space science mission JUICE. This mission, led by ESA, aims to develop a space probe that aims to study Jupiter and its satellites: Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

Within the objective of optimizing the structure of the ship led by the main contractor Airbus Defence & Space and ESA, a campaign to reduce the weight of the mission has been defined, which supports the integration of structural components developed in additive manufacturing. This is where the team integrated by CITD and CATEC will play a fundamental role, thanks to the bet on the application of additive manufacturing to overcome this great challenge to Jupiter. Both entities will be responsible for developing new structural fittings that, thanks to this new technology, allow to lighten their mass by 50% compared to their equivalents developed by conventional technologies.

"We are applying a revolutionary design methodology to achieve structural components with better performance compared to those developed with conventional manufacturing technologies, increasing their margin of safety, and with a weight reduction that goes between 40 and 80%, which will reduce the weight of the mission in approximately 10 kilograms ", explained Marta Garcia-Cossio, Managerof the Aerospace division of CITD.

For his part, the Head of Materials & Processes Department at CATEC’s, Fernando Lasagni, says that it is "to manufacture about 13 components in a high strength aluminum alloy. For this we have to develop a very detailed manufacturing plan, including from the control and verification of the raw material to the inspection methods of the components, in this case based on computed tomography". The consortium is completed by other institutions such as the Basque technology center CTA, responsible for the tests both at the material and component level.

The CiTD and CATEC team is composed of Alejandro Stewart, Lidia Hernandez and Marta Garcia-Cosío (CITD), and Sergio Gonzalez, Fernando Lasagni, Antonio Periñan, Carlos Galleguillos, Javier Santaolaya, Alvaro Herrera and Laura Berrocal (CATEC). The JUICE mission will be launched into space in an Ariane 5 launcher in 2022 and will reach Jupiter in 2030, where it will spend at least three years making detailed observations.

February 1st 2019
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