3D Printing ProcessesAdditive Manufacturing AutomationMass Production

TRIDITIVE partners with two universities to accelerate research on automated SCALADD AM technology

Factory 3D printing systems to be studied at Oviedo University and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University

TRIDITIVE, a Spanish startup specializing in automated AM production lines using with both plastic and bound metal filaments, is partnering with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Oviedo MediaLab to drive researching and training programs in its SCALADD AM platform.

SCALADD is intended to be the largest AM platform for mass manufacturing incorporating the technology developed by TRIDITIVE, known as AMCELL, to provide to industrial companies access to percentages of SCALADD high-throughput AM production capacity in metals and polymers with, technology and services provided by the different partners within the Consortium.

SCALADD will enable associated firms to have access to hours of manufacturing, calculated as percentages of its production capacity. As a result, they will also have access to the key enabling technology partners. “Companies that do not want to invest in 3D printing capacity or do not have yet the knowledge themselves, can then purchase production capacity on one of the AMCELL machines in SCALADD Production hours”, explained Mariel Díaz Castro, CEO at TRIDITIVE.  The aim of this partnership with Universities is to increase the collaboration, communication and research in new processes and technologies in additive manufacturing with metals and polymers and exchange information about knowledge about skills in Additive Manufacturing in the factories of future.


Through the strategic partnership with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will provide AM training in the processability and characterization of polymers processed by additive manufacturing in order to increase the knowledge in design and optimization by the genetic algorithm of AM parts.

In order to expand this technology in the education and training of new professionals, the MediaLab of Oviedo University will create links between engineering students and SCALADD developing specialized training in AM and research projects in this field of knowledge.

“We share a common goal attempting to implement new training methods that may be implemented by Universities, but also provide the manufacturing industry with new professionals with skills in AM this technology will help the manufacturing industry to innovate and to be more competitive, ” Mariel Díaz Castro added.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is a Spanish public university, located in the Autonomous Region of the Canary Islands, with more than 23,000 students. The Research Group Integrated and Advanced Manufacturing member of the Spanish Association of Rapid Manufacturing (ASERM) comprises researchers from the mechanical engineering and chemical process engineering departments. The group has undertaken a considerable amount of research related to Additive Manufacturing techniques and has an expertise on the characterization of plastic parts made by SLS and FDM.

The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias it offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in all branches of knowledge. Medialab Uniovi was launched in 2018 supported by Gijon Town Council comprises a group of lecturers from the University of Oviedo, together with engineers, architects, philosophers and tech startup entrepreneurs. It aims to improve students’ abilities by offering them the chance to participate in hybrid research lines in fourth generation industry.


Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which specializes in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore.

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