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 advance in the development of new Additive Manufacturing technology applications in the aerospace sector

This manufacturing technique gives big benefits in aspects such as reduction of structural pieces weight or the possibility of producing complex structures with a high level of geometrical freedom

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CATEC advance in the development of new Additive Manufacturing technology applications in the aerospace sector
The aerospace industry is a sector that requires lighter and higher functionality components. In this sense, CATEC has been working in the Additive Manufacturing Technology, or also known as rapid manufacturing, making a lot of application cases to implement technology in the sector.

This technology consists in the production of pieces directly form a CAD file in 3D, such as manufacturing technology by SLM (Selective Laser Melting)adding one layer after another powder material (metallic or polymeric base). This technique introduces different advantages in comparison with the traditional ones, such as the possibility of creating impossible designs, with a high level of geometrical liberty and a significant structural weight minimization through topological optimization, a service also available in CATEC.

Researching made by CATEC have made remarkable advances in the additive manufacturing field. In the same way, the material and processes area counts with additive manufacturing systems such as HiQ, 3DS and Ranishaw and AM250 for the design and manufacturing of components made of polyamide and metallic which are available for the enterprises of the sector.

If you desire to know more about this technology, you can get in touch with our department of materials and processes in

October 23rd 2014
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