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MAPER: new porous materials and alternative manufacturing techniques for application in the space sector


July 4th 2014

CATEC is developing this project through the application of Additive Manufacturing technology to create new production routes of material production through alternative systems to the traditional manufacturing


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MAPER: new porous materials and alternative manufacturing techniques for application in the space sector
Our Center is working on an R&D project directed to develop new materials and manufacturing components for application in the space sector to reduce costs in the production of pieces for this area and the possibility of increasing the efficiency of the new manufacturing system by the production of highly complex geometrical structures that can not be made by conventional techniques.

The aim of the project called MAPER ("development of porous materials and grid pattern structures for aerospace applications"), is to develop new routes of structures and materials production to be applied in the space domain as an alternative technique to the traditional manufacturing. The initiative also aims to optimize other traditional production techniques to develop functional materials, which has never been created for this kind of use in the sector before.

To achieve these objectives, CATEC is using Additive Manufacturing technology (or additive manufacturing), which provides significant benefits regarding to conventional manufacturing techniques, including the ability to make complex structures and impossible geometries, as well as an important minimization of structural weight.

MAPER is funded by the program Incentive to the Andalusian Knowledge System Agents of the Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Job. It also has the collaboration of Engineering and Materials Science, and Transportation Department of the Engineers’ School (ETSI) from the University of Seville.



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