Good forecasts

For the year ended 2018 we are proud of having developed a good job and having achieved new milestones for the Andalusian aerospace and technology sector, but more importantly, it starts a new one, 2019, with the feeling that we have a very promising future ahead. Not only for our center, but for all those who participate in the aeronautical industry and the innovation environment and technological development linked to this sector, which boosts the economy in our community.

In our specific case, new horizons are opened with the participation in new European projects such as SAFEDRONE, DOMUS, RIB-AM or RIMA, all of them linked with the development and application of new technologies of unmanned systems (drones) for their integration in airspace or implementation of new advanced manufacturing systems (such as 3D printing) for the aerospace industry. Also with the organization of important events like the hosting of the II International Tournament on Emergency Service Robots of the European Robots League (ERL), which will take place in our facilities in Seville next February.

We must highlight another unprecedented milestone in Andalusia, such as the Presidency of Seville of the Community of Ariane cities for 2019, an event in which FADA-CATEC collaborates and which will mean that the city of Seville becomes the ideal showcase to demonstrate the potential of our sector and the focus of attracting investment and business opportunities to boost our companies and technology activities in the field of space, through the environment offered by the so-called New Space. This event will have a program full of activities that will also serve for the scientific dissemination of what the Space sector represents and the applications that the whole society enjoys today thanks to the development in this field.

We have, therefore, an exciting year ahead, full of good forecasts and new challenges and illusions for both the Andalusian and Spanish aerospace sector. Let us take advantage of this to continue working among all of us - industry, administrations, technological agents and social agents - to keep on growing and positioning it as one of the most relevant in the European and international environment.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


CATEC develops additive manufacturing systems through Fused Deposition Modelling method

The Centre is collaborating with the company SICNOVA in the implementation of this technology, which allows the creation of pieces and structures with less production costs, an important weight reduction, and more freedom of design

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CATEC is collaborating with the company SICNOVA, specializing in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, in the development of manufacturing systems through the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) method. This is one of the various additive manufacturing processes our Centre is currently working with, which has become a benchmark in this field both its application in the aerospace industry, as well as other industries.

Like other additive manufacturing techniques, the Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM is a process used for the production of prototypes and parts on a small scale; through the joining of powdered layers that are solidifying after the laser application, following a pattern designed in 3D.

This technology is used increasingly in diverse industrial sectors because streamlines testing with small pieces, allowing the creation of structures and assemblies with lower production costs and a significant weight reduction, thanks to the great design possibilities that it offers, with very complex geometries. Specifically, the FDM is very useful for the creation of structures used in medical tissue engineering.

If you want to know more information about this technology, you can contact the Materials and Processes area through the mail:

November 2nd 2016
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