Croatian scientists from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, in cooperation with partners -  University of Zagreb, Centre for Research, Development and Technology Transfer, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod, University of Osijek are exploring how to increase the potential of Additive Technologies (AT) and their commercialization in order to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises.  

 Additive technologies are one of the possibilities that increase competitiveness and innovativeness in production of small and medium enterprises. Additive technologies enable design and production of products that consist of metal, ceramics and polymers in relatively short time and without restrictions in geometrical complexity of products.

The global objective of the project “Additive technologies for the SMEs”, worth nearly 700 000 Euros, is to enhance the potential of Additive Technology (AT) transfer and their commercialisation in order to increase the competitiveness and innovation capabilities of the SMEs from manufacturing sectors.

Additive technology that is not yet available in Croatia will be bought through this project. Apart from that, 40 joint industrial exploitations will be organized in cooperation with target group, SMEs. Associates on the project, CCE and CCTC will help us to choose participants from SMEs.

Through practical implementation of additive technologies in the production program of small and medium enterprises, concrete positive effects on efficiency, cost and speed of production, and thus the competitiveness of products in the market will become evident.


TITLE   Additive Technologies for the SMEs  - AdTecSME
BUDGET    652.993,18 EUR
BENEFICIARY   Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb
RESPONSIBLE BODY   Ministry of science, education and sports
IMPLEMENTS   Central Finance and Contracting Agency
LOCATIONS OF THE ACTION     Republic of Croatia / Zagreb, Zagreb County, North West Croatia, East (Panonian) Croatia (Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Karlovac), Adriatic Croatia (Rijeka, Pula, Split)
  • To establish a platform for technology transfer in the form of Centre for Additive technologies (CATeh)
  • To implement a knowledge diffusion on Additive Technologies (AT) to SMEs
  • To support the growth of innovativeness and competitiveness of both R&D sector and SMEs through networking
  • Centre of Additive Technologies (CATeh) founded
  • CATeh technical staff trained for AT knowledge transfer
  • Network of CATeh with SMEs and their associations in Croatia and neighbouring countries established
  • Networking of CATeh with associations and platforms for AT in the EU established
  • SME’s staff educated on AT through workshops
  • Efficiency of AT through pilot project with SME target group evaluated
  • Preconditions for AT commercial break through CATeh are set
  • Establishment and arrangement of the open laboratory – CATeh
  • Development and realisation of promotional and educational plan on AT for SMEs
  • Implementation of industrial AT exploitations for SMEs target group
  • Networking with home and international expert organisation
  • AT and CATeh popularisation
  • Project dissemination
  • Project closure activities
  • SMEs in Croatia doing business in the metal, ceramic and polymer product development and manufacturing
  • Specific group of Croatian SMEs involved in industrial AT exploitations
  • Academic and research staff at partner’s institutions
  • Staff and regional members of project associates


Project is co-financed by the European Union from European Regional Development Fund.