La Generalitat of Catalonia has just announced the investment of no less than 28 million euros to build and develop what will be the Global 3D Printing Hub of Barcelona, a new additive manufacturing plant for industry 4.0 with which they intend to place the cosmopolitan Spanish city in the leader in 3D printing in the country. How could it be otherwise, to carry out this feat, the collaboration of companies such as Ricoh, Renishaw or HP, among others, has been required.
Going into a little more detail, apparently the project will be carried out within the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. For this purpose, a land of more than 10.000 square meters on the Diagonal-Besós Campus. Thanks to this large investment, it is intended, as announced by no less than the Catalan Minister of Business, to put Catalan industry at the forefront of the European and global 3D printing industry.
Government of Catalonia wants to modernize its industry by investing in 3D printing.
Among the main objectives of this center we find that of trying to allow all Catalan companies to make use of all kinds of 3D printing equipment at the same time that it is taught training in terms of updated 3D technologies. Thanks to this, it is expected to promote innovation and development of the industry for the digital age.
Among the main companies that will have a prominent place within the Global 3D Printing Hub in Barcelona we find, for now, HP, Renishaw or Ricoh while, in terms of academic institutions and research, we find names of the stature of Eurecat-Leitat, Bioengineering Institute or the Fira de Barcelona.
As he commented Ramon Pastor, Vice President and General Manager, HP 3D Printing:
We live in times of change, which will affect the entire industry. This change, which is the digitization of production, will cause a paradigm shift both in the business world and in the social world.