In Terrassa, about 30km north of Barcelona, a mountainside in part of a protected forest houses not only stunning views of the Spanish countryside but a technological center focusing on managing and advancing progress. Leitat Technological Center, founded in 1906, accredited by ACCIÓ and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is now home to the International Advanced Manufacturing 3DHUB (IAM 3DHUB). The new collaborative center, founded by technological partners Leitat, HP, Renishaw, and Coniex, and with Fira Barcelona and IN(3D)USTRY, officially opens today, launching with a mission and a vision.
“To accelerate adoption and development of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies in the European Union manufacturing sectors as an alternative way to design, develop and manufacture new competitive products and services that strengthens their competitiveness,” the 3DHUB’s mission statement reads.
“Defined as a Digital Innovation Hub & Competence Center in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing will provide SMEs a ‘One-Stop’ Shop to assess, guide and address all their needs in AM,” reads the vision. Following the conclusion of this week’s busy and engaging HP Global Innovation Summit held around Barcelona, I appreciated the opportunity to visit the IAM 3DHUB ahead of today’s inauguration. Sandra Pérez Martínez, Business Development, Leitat, and Iolanda Montserrat Siles, 3D Strategic Planning and Operations, HP, toured me through the brand-new facility for an inside look at its offerings and a discussion of a collaborative future.
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