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


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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