Andalusia looks at Space

The trajectory and experience of the Andalusian aeronautical industry is known, in general, by our society, especially after the great growth that has been experienced in the last two decades thanks to the development and participation in large aeronautical projects and programs in the heat of Airbus, and that have allowed us to diversify towards other clients and global markets and towards activities and businesses with more added value, with less tradition in our region.

That knowledge and know-how, that experience, technological capacity and competitiveness that our industry has acquired over time must now be transferred to those areas that have great potential for the future, and that, in some cases, are considered sister sectors, as is the case with Space. In FADA-CATEC we have always been clear, and if Andalusia, and Spain, in general, want to look with ambition towards the future, it should enhance its presence in the space sector, one of the most valuable and technologically charged within industrial and economic activity, and also has always been a tractor or engine for important innovations in other productive sectors.

From our Center we have been working on the ground for many years to encourage the R&D of our companies to move towards this field, and thanks to the collaboration in various projects with the industry, we have already achieved that some of the new technologies that will mark the nearest future, such as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, whether applied in the Space sector, both in launchers and in satellites.

The recent edition of the World Space Week has served to emphasize the possibility that Andalusia has to bet on this industry, and to create a space to position itself as a strong region in technological capacity and competitiveness within this sector. Likewise, it has allowed us to verify that there is a great receptivity on the part of the aeronautical and technological companies for participating in the space sector, and also a strong interest of the administrations and institutions so that this presence is a reality as soon as possible and is translated into productive activity and generation of wealth and employment for our economy. Next year 2019 Seville will be the European capital of Space, an event that will undoubtedly bring new opportunities for business, investment and technological collaboration in this field, and that we should not let go. The challenge is there, now it's time to work together to achieve it.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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The ADDISPACE project offers an advanced course in metallic additive manufacturing to train companies and professionals in the sector


CATEC was the organizer of this course, which was a great success of participation and assessment by the attendees


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The CATEC facilities hosted last June the Advanced Course of Metallic Additive Manufacturing, organized by our Center within the framework of the European project ADDISPACE, in which it participates.

This initiative was aimed at companies interested in learning in deep about processes related to additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, especially in the aerospace sector, with the objective of bringing this technology to SMEs for future acquisition and / or integration into their business models and manufacturing processes, showing the value chain of the entire process, and their real experiences, including the positive and negative aspects.

The course ended with great success, as a total of 22 professionals and experts of the sector completed the capacity of the event. The course lasted 3 days and focused on AM processes and NDT verification techniques (non-destructive testing) applied to aerospace sector. In addition, among other issues, topological optimization and design focused on additive manufacturing were addressed, and one of the most important aspects, focused on non-destructive inspection techniques (NDT) and their added value in this emerging manufacturing process.

The European project ADDISPACE, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call, is an initiative that aims to promote additive manufacturing technologies as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace sector and as an opportunity for SMEs. It also seeks to demonstrate the technological and economic feasibility and high levels of quality of metal components built using this technology.

The project, in which different companies and institutions from Spain, France and Portugal participate, has a duration of 3 years and a budget of 1.7 million euros, of which 1.3 million euros are funded by the ERDF funds. More information in http://www.addispace.eu/.

Diagnosis and Study of Opportunities:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/noticias/INFORME/State_of_the_art_MAM-ENGLISH_low.pdf

Catalogue:
http://www.addispace.eu/gestor/recursos/uploads/imagenes/home/slider/SUDOE_AERONAUTIC_media.pdf

Online catalogue:
http://addispace.ipleiria.pt/


July 10th 2018
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