Europe’s first 3D-printing project incubator opens in Zona Franca

The head office of the Consortium for the Zona Franca will be home to the Europe’s first business technology incubator for 3D printing, which was inaugurated today. The 3D Factory Incubator involves an investment of three million euros, half of which comes from European funding, and should provide support for over 100 projects in the next five years.

11/02/2019 18:30 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The facility strengthens the position of the Barcelona metropolitan area as a major innovation hub for southern Europe and the city, understood at a metropolitan level as an important science and technology capital.

It also means a significant boost for SMEs operating in the so-called 4.0 industry, based on new ways of using technology to organise the means of production.

The incubator will provide services for all sorts of businesses and enterprises as they introduce 3D printing into their business models. The first call for 3D printing projects attracted 43 initiatives, of which 34 met the access requirements.

The incubator has 600 square metres of floor space, with a coworking area, offices, design areas, a production area with four latest-generation industrial 3D printers and three mini-printers, training areas and meeting rooms.

In line with the goals of the European programmes Europe 2020 strategy and Horizonte 2020, the initiative allows for the promotion of inter-regional cooperation, as well as collaboration between the public and private sectors at national and international levels.


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