MATES and SAM collaborating on Additive Manufacturing Technology


MATES (Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue Economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy) and SAM (Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing), both Erasmus+ funded EU Blueprint projects, have agreed to work in collaboration on Additive Manufacturing Technology. SAM is coordinated by EWF (The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting), Belgium and aims to develop a system to identify and anticipate skills for the Additive Manufacturing sector in Europe in response to labour market needs. MATES is coordinated by Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR, Spain and aims to develop a skills strategy that addresses the main drivers of change to the maritime industry, in particular the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy sectors.

Additive Manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, is one of the paradigm shifters analysed by MATES. MATES has uncovered information on the present impact of 3D printing in the maritime sector (shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy) and the expected trends for the future. In both sectors, Additive Manufacturing is expected to become mainstream between 2025 to 2030, although there is not a clear consensus on the overall level of impact this technology will have on both labour markets during this period. The use of Additive Manufacturing in traditional manufacturing is expected to increase in the coming years, reaching 50% of the market potential between 2031 and 2038. Preliminary results on the future scenarios for shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy are available in the Strategy Baseline report. MATES is including training on 3D printing in one of the pilot experiences that will be carried out during 2020, addressing students of secondary education and VET.

SAM is currently carrying out two surveys (open until mid-October):

Both projects will work together to identify synergies to support Europe’s competitiveness in this innovative technology. Follow for updates. More information on SAM can be found at and MATES at


Photo: RAMLAB’s 3D printing field laboratory (Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB) is working with partners Damen Shipyards Group, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas to develop the first 3D printed marine propeller in the world. Source: Ramlab