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.

3DP in traditional sectors: upholstery industry

FAMA is one of Spain’s leading upholstery products manufacturers. It was founded in 1971 and has become one of the most technologically advanced companies in the sector worldwide, which has allowed it to achieve a production process perfectly fused with design, technology, and craftsmanship that has reached more than 60 countries on five continents.
Fama began by acquiring a 3D printer in 2014 to see their computer-based projects in print. Also, in 2016 they went a step further. They acquired the largest 3D printer in Europe, 1800x1850x2000 cm, and a printing surface of more than 1 m3, allowing them to take giant steps for the design of prototypes to real size allowing them to reduce cost, time, allowing geometries to be created, and to reduce the time required to print the prototypes.   The company’s success has been finding a balance and seeing that technologies such as 3D printing are not substitutes for traditional skills but a tool that they can use as manufacturers in a complementary way.