The urgent need for fuel costs’ reduction and a greener environment has been escalated as a top priority worldwide in the last years. As a result, light-weighting technologies become more and more important in many sectors, including the transport industry. These technologies can be applied to a wide range of high-added value products, offering innovative solutions for the environment as well as the society.
Innovation: EARTO Member Eurecat developed a Continuous Fibre Injection Process (CFIP) technology, a 3D printing post-process which enables the manufacturing of highly optimised structures with high-performance materials. This brand-new solution has two main values: it allows the efficient manufacturing of large and strong structures, but also uses the most efficient material and manufacturing technology in each zone of the structure, according to mechanical requirements.
Impact Delivered: The CFIP technology contributes to reducing CO2 emissions, fuel and electricity costs in transport industry by 20%. It also increases the European competitiveness and productivity, while reducing the manufacturing costs. This disruptive innovation has been outperformed in several projects and different sectors, in collaboration with top companies, such as Airbus and Asics. The revenue from competitive projects was estimated to €500K.