Technological milestones to keep on growing

A new year ends and it's time to take stock of the work done and technological milestones achieved by FADA-CATEC in 2017, which confirms one more year the good work we have carried out to foster innovation and technological development in the aerospace sector in general.
 
These results confirm we are one of the most advanced research and technology centers in the sector in Spain and Europe, especially in fields such as robotics, unmanned systems and new advanced manufacturing processes (Factory of the Future, Industry 4.0), in addition to additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). We do not say it, but Administrations and entities with their awards and recognitions have valued this year in a very special way the work and effort that our Center and its researchers, experts and technicians have developed looking for constant technological innovation. A great support to the role that FADA-CATEC plays in the sector, working for R&D to become an indispensable element in our aerospace companies.
 
We are especially proud of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, granted by the European Commission, and the Jury Innovation Prize of the "EU Drone Awards", collected in the European Parliament, for our latest developments in the field of unmanned robotic systems, which are already a global milestone. Also of the awards of the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, HELICE, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Environment of Andalusia, or the "Antonio Torres" Prize of the IV National Congress of R&D in Defence and Security , which serve as an incentive to keep on working for innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of our aerospace sector.
 
There are many other important initiatives and technological projects that we have carried out last year, among which I would like to highlight the participation in international robotics competition MBZIRC, in which the team formed by CATEC achieved important results among the best and most prestigious universities and research centers around the world; or the organization of UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first congress in Spain devoted specifically to the drone sector and its applications in agriculture and the environment, and which is now a national reference. No less relevant was the collaboration on technological milestones as the first drone flight identified, geolocated and controlled through the mobile network, using Vodafone's 4G network and carried out in Seville.
 
In short, it has been a year to be satisfied with the successes achieved and to reaffirm our trajectory in these ten years of life of FADA-CATEC, but also to make us see that only with good work will we be able to achieve the challenges of the aerospace sector, helping our companies and the industry to reach them. For a 2018 full of new projects, Happy New Year!
 
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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The general assembly of the European ADDISPACE project was held to analyze the progress of the initiative


The project, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call, seeks to promote additive manufacturing technologies as a change in the manufacturing paradigm in the aerospace industry and as an opportunity for SMEs in the sector


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The general assembly of the European ADDISPACE project was held to analyze the progress of the initiative
CATEC participated on November 7 in the general assembly of the European project ADDISPACE held in Lisbon (Portugal), to analyze the progress of the initiative. Specifically, the meeting allowed us to share the progress of the 2nd milestone: develop 4 demonstrators by metallic additive technologies for the aerospace sector.
 
The European project ADDISPACE, belonging to the Interrog Sudoe call , is an initiative that aims to promote the additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing) as a change in the paradigm of manufacturing 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 (among them the Spanish HELICE cluster, Hegan, and IK4-Lortek, and others such as Airbus), takes 3 years and counts on a budget of 1,7 million euros, of which 1.3 M are funded by the ERDF funds.  

More information on the project at http://www.addispace.eu/.


December 29th 2017
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