ACCESS-3DP is a transnational project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The project aims at taking Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) as a new, disruptive technology under the umbrella of Advanced Manufacturing in order to set out frameworks to train and upskill workers in the craft and creative industries.

It is implemented by 5 different organisations in France, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.


ACCESS-3DP Project

ACCESS-3DP is a European project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme

What is an Erasmus+ project?

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

ACCESS-3DP has been funded under the Key Action 2: cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices, of the Erasmus+ programme.

This action Action is all about enabling organisations to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices. The projects funded under this Key Action will focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries.


Advanced Manufacturing technologies are often adoptable by relatively traditional sectors. However, they often need ready and competent workers. And when they do have a high level of technical skills, workers often lack capacities for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial approach to use such technologies. These are required capacities if the capital (tools, machines) is to be exploited to the maximum of its potential.

Creative industries are core elements of the EU economy. Creative workers are talented and flexible with a range of core capacities that can be developed and improved naturally via practice and lifelong learning. Creative enterprises are usually small, often micro. They work with clients in sectors that have been traditionally connected to creative industries for some time, using flexibility to add value to products by applying their ability to realize innovative ideas.

The ACCESS-3DP project seeks to take 3DP technology as an example of a new, disruptive industry and set out frameworks that can become the basis to train workers within the craft and creative industries. Workers will then be ready to apply their new skills in conjunction with their creative core capacities in one or more traditional manufacturing sectors.

Project information

Title: Art & Creative Craft Enterprises for Successful Streaming of 3D Printing
Acronym: ACCESS-3DP
Start date: 01-10-2020
End date: 31-03-2023
Participating countries: 5
Project reference: 2020-1-FR01-KA202-080183
EU Grant: € 346.963,00


Study & Report

A study on how to foster innovative connection created between 3D printing and the Creative and Traditional Craft Industries will be the first milestone in order to define the Joint Curriculum.

Joint Curriculum

A Joint Curriculum, validated by experts and harmonized to the European Qualification Framework, that defines the structure and methodology of ACCESS-3DP training course.

Training content

Training content materials structured on different modules and covering all required learning outcomes, with a high content of interactive resources, and an open license. Delivered via a MOOC.


A piloting plan will test the project results by directly involving the target group. Validation will have an important role in making sure that the results meet the needs of the craft and creative workers.


Chamber of Craft Auvergne Rhône Alpes – Lyon, Rhône

Lead partner | 🇫🇷 France

CMA AURA is a public establishment, responsible for representing the general interests of the craft. Chamber of Craft Auvergne Rhône Alpes – Lyon, Rhône is part of the nationally based network. The CMA network support craft businesses throughout their lifetime, from creation to change of ownership, with the aim of promoting their development, competitiveness and longevity. CMA AURA has been involved for many years in European programs and transfers its practices in the training results of programs. CMA AURA seeks to establish a services proposition through its platform of services to company manager, employees, creators and corporate buyer, project sponsors, apprentices and local authorities.

Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia

Beneficiary partner | 🇪🇸 Spain

CETEM is a business association and training centre located in the south east of Spain. Created due to an initiative of private companies, CETEM aims at transferring any kind of innovation to industries, specially SMEs, actively contributing towards their socioeconomic development through consultancy services, Research and Development activities, and the arrangement of training programmes according to the industry needs. CETEM is a pioneer in Spain using 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping in the furniture sectors with more than 20 years of experience in this field.

Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre

Beneficiary partner | 🇵🇹 Portugal

CTCP is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1986, with more than 500 private companies as members, employs 48 full time technicians, engineers, senior specialists and trainers and works with about 15 external consultants/trainers in a regular basis. Located in S. João da Madeira and Felgueiras, near Porto, has facilities in the heart of footwear industry. CTCP aims at supporting all companies and entities of Footwear cluster which is represented by almost 2000 SMEs, and small entrepreneurs in the field of design and project engineering.

Technical University of Kosice

Beneficiary partner | 🇸🇰 Slovakia

The Technical University of Košice was founded in 1952. TUKE caters for a wide range of educational needs not only in the East-Slovak region, but throughout Slovakia and Central Europe, as in many specializations it is the only centre of education and research in this area. They are experts in the field of 3D printing, with the rapid prototyping laboratory used for scientific and research activities of basic and applied research.

Styrian Technology Park

Beneficiary partner | 🇸🇮 Slovenia

Styrian Technology Park was founded in 1994 as the 1st technology park in Slovenia. It is a public and non-profit technology, business & research support organization, based in Podravje region. It has access to a wide target group of students, researchers and knowledge available within the regional university environment on one side and the access to a wide target group of SMEs and mature enterprises in the region. STP has been involved in different 3D printing projects in the past.