EURECAT - Ascamm, located near Barcelona (Spain), has been a reference Industrial Technological Centre within Europe for twenty-five years and our vision is the production of our own technology aimed at obtaining high added-value products and the provision of solutions that enable company strategy and innovation management improvement.

Our mission is to generate value in our environment through applied R+D, innovation and intensive knowledge services orientated towards improvements in competitiveness and business efficiency in widely differing sectors, such as transport (automotive, including electrical, railway and aeronautics mobility), health (medical instrumentation, equipment and TIC applications), construction, industrial equipment and energy, electrical appliances and consumer electronics, packaging, together with plastic and metal transformation.

The two basic objectives deriving from this mission are: to generate first level technological knowledge in the production technologies areas; and to transfer this knowledge to our industrial environment in an efficient manner and facilitate its operation by the industrial fabric.

Microwheel sample and Ultrasion Technology


The Spanish Rapid Manufacturing Association (ASERM) was founded in July 2004 with the aim of becoming a meeting point for key agents in this field –business enterprises, technological centres, research centres and universities.

ASERM aims at being open to all companies, entities and persons established in Spain who participate actively in this field and who wish to contribute towards developing these technologies and installing them in our country.


ASERM’s main working lines highlight knowledge promotion (technical conferences), research and technological development (joint projects) and technology transfer (training, pilot implementations).

ASERM’s members cover the entire scope of RM technologies, such as layer manufacturing with diverse materials (SL, LS, DMLS, SLM, FDM, EBM), advanced substractive technologies (UHSM, laser milling) Incremental forming (Dieless metal forming) and near net shape forming (LENS, electroforming, spray forming).

ITIA website link

CNR-ITIA, the Institute of Industrial Technology and Automation of the National Research Council, as a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities of Scientific Research and Technological Development for the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Italian and European Manufacturing Industries. ITIA contributes and supports the European initiative Manufuture, which is finalized to the development of added high value manufacturing based on research and innovation.

Mini-fixation devices sample

ITIA works on the development of production systems and elements for knowledge-based factories, business models and related enabling technologies in tight collaboration with research centres, universities and enterprises at national, European and international level.

ITIA has currently focused its expertise on the following areas: microsystems, mechatronic, knowledge-based systems, robotics, multi-layer adaptive control systems, virtual prototyping, integrated simulation of mechatronic manufacturing systems, methods and new organizational, management and business paradigms. Based on the enabling technologies developed by the different research groups, ITIA promotes the implementation of pilot plants that support further research activities and advanced education through the paradigm of the teaching factory. Among them, the pilot plant for the demanufacturing of mechatronics products and the pilot plant for flexible shoes production are particularly relevant for their innovation content.

ITIA is a Network Institute composed of several nodes, distributed on the national area. The ITIA laboratories, located in Milano, Bari and Vigevano,  are mainly focused on the research and development of enabling technologies and on specific manufacturing sectors.

ITIA acts as a strategic player in the continuously updated definition of the European vision on the manufacturing sector, through the participation in initiatives and platforms devoted to the formulation of the new paradigm for the development of the European Manufacturing. ITIA is, in fact among the contributors who inspired the creation of the ManuFuture platform.  Furthermore, ITIA is a founder member of the European Association for the Factories of the Future (EFFRA)

KIT website link

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a public corporation and state institution of Baden-Wuerttemberg. It fulfills the mission of a university and the mission of a national research center of the Helmholtz Association. Research activities focus on energy, the natural and built environment as well as on society and technology and cover the whole range extending from fundamental aspects to application. With about 9000 employees and 24000 students, KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions in Europe.


KIT operates the Helmholtz Programme “Science and Technology of Nanosystems” (STN). This is Germany’s largest programme dedicated to understanding, developing and exploiting new and novel capabilities, functions, structures and components realized in a wide range of materials at the micro and nano scale. KIT is a leading member in several European Initiatives, e.g. the European Technology Platform MINAM (Micro and Nano Manufacturing). Furthermore KIT is coordinator of Europe’s first integrated infrastructure on multimaterial micro and nano fabrication (EUMINAfab).

Sprinter website link

Springer is a global publishing company which publishes books, e-books and peer-reviewed journals in science, technical and medical (STM) publishing. Book publications include major reference works, textbooks, monographs and book series; more than 37,000 titles are available as e-books. Within STM, Springer is the largest book publisher and second-largest journal publisher worldwide, with more than 5,000 employees and around 2,000 journals and 6,000 new books published each year. Springer has major offices in Heidelberg, Milan, London, Tokyo, Beijing and New York City.


In this project, Springer will contribute to the design, production, publishing and advertisement of the English book and its translations resulting from the consortium as a complement to the e-learning platform proposed. The books will be available as e-book and in the printed format.

Pierpaolo Riva is Editor in the Materials/Engineering Editorial group at Springer. His daily work tasks include researching, identifying, evaluating, targeting, launching and acquiring new books and journals. He is responsible for managing the performance, quality and timeliness of the publications.

Petra Jantzen is Senior Editorial Assistant, supporting the editorial staff with the administration of the commissioning, planning and production. She is also responsible for issuing contracts and dealing with authors’ royalties.

The University of Nottingham link

The Nottingham Precision Manufacturing Centre (PMC) is an internationally leading centre in the area of precision assembly, with uniquely developed capabilities in micromanufacturing incorporating precision machining and metrology.  Through partnerships with leading providers of machining and metrology systems, we are able to offer our commercial and funded clients (part funded by the European Regional Development Fund) access to equipment and expertise which will deliver successful product and process development both at the micro and nano scale.

unott-1Image with kind permission of KernMicro-und FEINwerktechnic GmbH

Our Machining & Additive Manufacturing capability includes high precision micro machining, electro discharge machining, micro moulding, rapid prototyping and water jet cutting.  This is matched by a precision metrology suite for dimensional and surface measurement, using leading contact and non-contact technologies.

We also have wide-ranging precision automated assembly capability, configurable to meet specific requirements both at the micro and nano scale.  Expert technicians can provide support for your manufacturing or measurement requirement, and for longer term projects there is the opportunity to access the academic research network within the Faculty of Engineering.