European projects
Where manufacturing begins

CECIMO is involved in several European research, innovation and education projects as a participant or coordinator:








1/11/2015 – 31/10/2018

METALS - MachinE Tool ALliance for Skills aims at providing machine tool builders with the sought-after applied skills they need in line with disruptive technologies in the advanced manufacturing sector. METALS is a three-year project inaugurated under the EU’s Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance initiative, designed to promote education-industry partnerships at European-level within a specific sector of the economy.

By bringing together partners from education and industry across Europe, METALS is expected to improve the sector’s labour market intelligence. It will provide policy-makers with the sectorial insights they need to design policies and programmes boosting the competitiveness of European machine tool companies and the employability of its workforce. Throughout the initiative, the consortium will also organize skills workshops in Germany, Spain and Italy with the participation of relevant stakeholders.



01/10/2016 - 30/09/2019

KRAKEN ("Hybrid automated machine integrating concurrent manufacturing processes, increasing the production volume of functional on-demand using high multi-material deposition rates") will develop a disruptive hybrid manufacturing concept to equip SME and large industries with affordable all-in-one machine for the customised design, production/reparation and quality control of functional parts (made in aluminium, thermoset or both materials combined from 0,1m till 20m). These machines will use subtractive and new additive technologies in vast working areas without floor space requirements.

In the KRAKEN project, the new additive technologies will use aluminium grades as well as thermoset materials, which will be validated at lab scale and in relevant environments and finally integrated and combined for the demonstration in relevant industrial environments.

KRAKEN will collaborate to the consolidation of the hybrid manufacturing value chain by means of a consortium specially selected for linking research results to technological necessities in the fields of software, monitoring, automation, materials, standardization and end-users.

CECIMO is performing the role of Dissemination Manager and will provide input to the standardization activities foreseen under the project. Moreover, it will increase industrial awareness of the project results through its global network over the next three years.

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1/11/2016 – 31/12/2018

Funded by the Horizon2020 EU’s budget stream, AM-Motion aims to create a strategic approach to increase the industrialization of additive manufacturing across Europe. The project will analyze technological and non-technological barriers, including skills shortages, that discourage the uptake of additive manufacturing in industry. It will propose practical business collaboration models to deploy the technology on a large-scale, thanks to the efforts made to foster dialogue among all actors in relevant value chains. It will explore the ICT-related challenges for a fully-fledged integration of additive manufacturing in the market, and, ultimately, it will provide a detailed roadmap for its industrial exploitation.

Complementing CECIMO, AM-Motion’s partners are additive manufacturing service providers, such as Materialise, leaders in application industries such as Airbus, technology market leaders such as Siemens, material suppliers, consultancies and associations from across Europe.

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3D Prism

1/12/2015 – 28/02/2018

The 3DPrism initiative, funded by the EU, aims to improve the quality of VET by linking training provision with the needs of industry. The initiative aims at tackling this challenge by enhancing VET provision so as to equip technicians & operators with sought-after skills, with outputs that emphasise on the applied aspects of 3D printing.

The consortium includes the following partners: the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (coordinator), Florida University, CECIMO, EXELIA and CIMEA.


All projects on this page are
co-funded by the European Union