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


Fernando Lasagni is awarded with the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Materials

Our Head of the Materials and Processes Division and its team have been recognized for their work in the application of additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) to new uses in the aerospace field

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Fernando Lasagni, Head of the Materials and Processes Division of CATEC, has been awarded the prestigious Georg-Sachs-Preis international prize, by the German Society of Material (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde) in order to recognize the work and scientific projection of those researchers, ideas and technologies related to the science and engineering of the materials that have managed to be implemented in the industry and that constitute a reference for their novelty.

Dr. Fernando Lasagni and his team have been recognized for their work in the field of the application of additive manufacturing technology, popularly known as 3D printing, to new uses in the aeronautical and aerospace field, such as the manufacturing of parts for space launchers, and for different and civil and military aircraft and next-generation helicopters.

According to the German scientific society, "Lasagni’s team has participated in the development and manufacture of critical flight components, that is, structures of maximum responsibility with the highest quality requirements, which also reduce the launch and manufacturing costs, and delivery times". Another reason for the award has been the development of procedures and non-destructive tests for the qualification and quality analysis of aerospace components by computerized tomography, procedures that have been validated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Likewise, the work carried out by Lasagni and his team have been highlighted as referents in the R&D of aerospace components by 3D printing, and qualified to fly. These activities have been possible thanks to the collaboration with companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, CITD, TRYO Aerospace, Iberespacio, Zero 2 Infinity, Renishaw, Airgrup, or Alestis Aerospace, among others.

The Georg-Sachs-Preis will be awarded during a ceremony to be held in the German city of Darmstadt next September, on the occasion of the "Materials Science and Engineering" (MSE) Conference, which will bring together more than 1,500 scientists and experts from around the world in the field of Engineering and Materials Science. The work and research carried out by Lasagni and his team will also be presented at this conference.

July 10th 2018
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