• This edition focused on smart manufacturing solutions to which El Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona is deeply committed through its 3D Factory Incubator – Europe’s first high-tech 3-D printing incubator – and D-Factory 4.0 that will drive the Economy and Industry 4.0 in Barcelona.


  • The 3D Factory Incubator will take part in different sessions at the congress and will have its own stand covering more than 100 square metres staffed by 14 of the 26 companies that make up the 3D Factory Incubator.

Barcelona, 29 October 2019. El Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB) is taking part as the Main Sponsor at the Industry from Needs to Solutions trade fair, an ideal platform for showcasing the work being done by this Barcelona organisation to promote the Economy and the Industry 4.0. The CZFB and the Fundación LEITAT have launched the highly successful 3DFactory Incubator, Europe’s first high-tech 3D printing incubator, an initiative that will be showcased on a spacious stand measuring more than 100 square metres. This is a pivotal project for the CZFB, which is creating an extensive ecosystem of industrial companies specialised in advanced digital technology.

Special Delegate of the State in the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona Pere Navarro explained that “the Economy 4.0 and digital technology are creating a window of opportunities for companies, for achieving the sustainable development goals and for progress of people. Dfactory is designed to enable small and medium companies, start-ups and micro-companies to tackle the technology and disruption ahead”Navarro added that DFactory “has set out to convert Barcelona into the European capital of the economy and industry 4.0. This space will house diverse businesses which will manufacture things together, because one of its main features will be the ability to combine different methods of manufacturing products”.

The incubator’s stand at the Industry from Needs to Solutions event, which opened today, features representatives of 14 of the 26 members of the 3DFactory Incubator project. These companies are 3Digital Factory, 3DSix, 3YourMind, Addit·ion, Airmony (TBIOM), Arboleda Intelligence, BCN 3D Ceramics, Between Technologies, Dow, Drukatt, Intech 3D, Origen Studio, Podotec3D and Odisei Music. During this three-day trade fair the focus will be smart manufacturing solutions. Both the CZFB and the Fundación LEITAT will explain their experience and vision of the industry through talks and presentations in which both companies will take part with some of the incubator member companies.

This morning, Aintzane Arbife, director of the 3Dfactory Incubator, presented a session entitled “Manufacturing opportunities” with help from incubator members Formbytes, Liq Eyewear, Pursang and Wecobots who presented their success stories. Today’s conference programme also featured an interesting panel discussion led by Fundación LEITAT and the 3D Factory Incubator entitled “Industrial-scale additive manufacturing”.

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