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


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

Rate it

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
Read 518 times