Spain's 3D printing revolution to drive various sectors' growth

From medical splints to meat-free burgers, multimillion-dollar 3D tech hubs are spawning new verticals across Spain

Crafting a multifaceted network of designers and service providers in the rapidly evolving 3D tech industry, Spain is leading the revolution across diverse business sectors like retail, medical equipment, automotive and aerospace.

With sustainability and on-demand services becoming key economic drivers worldwide, 3D tech can disrupt businesses across verticals by optimizing time-to-market product development. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, processes reduce wastage because exact amounts of composite materials are applied layer by layer to build the desired items. At present, additive manufacturing is deployed in a variety of applications especially bioprinting, packaging, nano-manufacturing, design and architecture. 

In 2014, the European Union (EU) commissioned Spain's digital innovation management consultancy Carsa to launch FABulus, the European 3D printing acceleration program for SMEs. Public funding has also been invested in the European 3D tech and additive manufacturing sector, with the EU giving about €160 million to over 60 3D printing research projects between 2007 and 2013. Since then, the European Commission's innovation incentive program 

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