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


FitALM Project: Industrialising additive manufacturing for aeronautic fittings

CATEC collaborates with Airbus in this new R&D project aimed to develop flight components manufactured using this technology, in which our Center is a reference

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FitALM Project: Industrialising additive manufacturing for aeronautic fittings
CATEC and Airbus (through Tablada factory in Seville and Centro Bahía de Cádiz factory in Puerto de Santa María) collaborates in the development of optimized flight parts fabricated by Additive Manufacturing: the project FitALM.

This project is an end-to-end project with the aim of industrialising different fitting configurations with the following framework:
• Manufacturing technology will be Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
• Titanium 6Al4V and Scalmalloy® (Al-base alloy) as manufacturing materials
• Parts will be Fittings, understood as those parts that transfer a punctual load and spread throughout the structure

Apart from the acquisition of know-how that every single development project provides, this project will contribute to SLM deployment by:
• Providing a quotation of fittings by type and loads and not based on the part model (a comparison with already industrialised fittings will add value to the project)
• Systematizing the parameters set-up procedure by a tested DoE
• Looking for a local optimal manufacturing parameter set

The FitALM Project is founded by Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA).

FitALM Project: Industrialising additive manufacturing for aeronautic fittings

February 1st 2017
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