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.

Visit and training seminar at CETEM (Yecla – Spain)

Between October 25th and 27th CETEM (Technological Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia) held an educational seminar for the stakeholders from different EU countries, presenting:

Day 1

The educational seminar began with the presentation of the ACCESS3DP project and who it is meant for. The current 3D printing technologies and materials that are currently most used in the furniture sector were presented.

  • Stereolithography (SLA),
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in
  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

The production processes and the available 3D printing software to meet the needs for testing, orientation and correcting designs in the furniture sector were also presented.

In addition, a roundtable was held on: The position of the craft sector in relation to 4.0 industry technologies (needs, challenges, state of education).

Day 2

Various companies from the furniture sector were visited:

  • FAMA SOFAS, which has a long tradition dating back to the 1950s and has become one of the most technologically advanced seating manufacturing companies worldwide. A company that has embraced 4.0 technologies, notably 3D printing and robotics.
  • GRUPO SIM, whose mission is to research, develop and innovate technologies for companies to achieve their goals. Among the technologies used we can highlight robotics, RFID, etc.
  • TECNINOVA, whose tradition dates back to 1985. They still work in the old way and have not yet implemented 4.0 technology in their company.

Day 3

On the last day, parallel tours at CETEM were held on the following topics:

  • Visit of the departments for intellectual property rights and the 3D printing laboratory,
  • Visit of the department of electronics and its high-tech projects.


  • 3D printing exercises: “From the design to the piece”,
  • Advanced industrial robotics and its use.

Finally, some examples of 3D printing were shown, for:

  • Traditional sectors
  • Furniture,
  • Footwear and
  • Clothing.
  • Non-traditional sectors
  • Medicine,
  • Orthodontics and dentistry,
  • Manufacturing industry and
  • Consumer goods.