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


Topological Optimization for light weighting aerostructures by additive manufacturing

Through this process, CATEC has already achieved major reductions of weight in demonstrators components of some space launchers from the European Space Agency

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Topological Optimization for light weighting aerostructures by additive manufacturing
Our center makes available to the aerospace sector a new service that enables to achieve the topological optimization of parts and structures, reaching large reductions in weight and structural mass but maintaining their properties and mechanical requirements.

CATEC is working with Airbus Defence & Space (Space Systems, Madrid) in a project for the European Space Agency which has enabled the structural optimization of the connector of support for the payload adapter (ACU) of a space launcher.

These new applications, developed through the additive manufacturing technology, provide even more optimization than through the improvement of the design and engineering using the conventional methods of manufacturing. In particular, the advances developed by CATEC have enabled to reduce the mass of this connector in a 62.9 %, following an iterative process that has given rise to various intermediate solutions. The latter represents a reduction of 0.285 kg in weight of the piece, which translates into a cost savings (in terms of cargo for payment) of more than 5,000 euros per unit.

In addition, among others proven benefits, the topological optimization presents an enormous potential in secondary structure, and in medium term for use in structural components with relevant applications. If you want to know more about this new service, you can contact the area of Materials and Processes (

December 31st 2014
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