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 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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