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, the best laboratory for the development of new techniques for simulation and augmented virtual reality

The centre has virtual and augmented devices, like a laboratory or the latest 3D room, which can create interfaces where the user finds simulated situations

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CATEC, the best laboratory for the development of new techniques for simulation and augmented virtual reality
CATEC is also focusing on the development of other important researches and works like new technologies related to simulation and experimentation in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), very common on training and formation of pilots and implantation of on-board systems. For that reason, it is developing the most innovative techniques of teleoperation and immersive systems through AV/VR devices, like a laboratory or 3D room, with a 5x3 meters 130º curved screen, which also includes a ultrasound locator and positioning system. This laboratory is also provided with VR glasses and gloves which are able to create interfaces of fully immersion in simulated situations.  
CATEC uses virtual reality for training and design, while augmented reality is used for teleoperation and assembly processes of equipments and environments like a Final Assembly Line
The centre not only has VR/AR sites, but also all kind of users interfaces like Surface Microsoft, haptic displays (which allows simulate movements that are lately applied, for instance in unmanned systems), multi-tactile portable displays, etc. There are multiple applications of this kind of technology, from information access Systems in plant to ground control stations, passing by instructor sites in simulators or assembly instructions systems.


July 29th 2011
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