Hybrid automated machine

Hybrid automated machine integrating concurrent manufacturing processes, increasing the production volume of functional on-demand using high multi-material deposition rates


The KRAKEN Project aims at developing an automated/robotic machine for hybrid multi-material manufacturing, combining both subtractive and novel additive technologies, for the production of functional parts up to 20 m long with high accuracy and quality. The parts will be made in aluminium, thermoset or a combination of both materials. The KRAKEN concept (ceiling machine) will also decrease the shop-floor space needed for the same number of products.

The project will contribute to the consolidation of the hybrid manufacturing value chain by linking research results to technological needs in the fields of software, monitoring, automation, materials, standardization and end-users.


Expected impact

  • Affordable machine for end users

When comparing to the current additive and subtractive processes:

  • 40% faster.

High deposition rates

Integrated milling and finishing

  • 25% more productive

Real-time production management

No additional stations needed

In-process geometry inspection

  • 30% less expensive

Savings on raw materials and energy

Automated measurement and control

  • 90% less shop-floor space

Less workplaces for the same number of products

Use of ceiling installation


ACCIONA’s main role in the project

ACCIONA, as end-user of the technology developed within the project, defines the mechanical and functional specifications of its demonstrator within the project, which translates into requirements for additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies.

ACCIONA also takes part in the characterization and validation of the material specimens manufactured with the KRAKEN technology and carries out a comparative analysis with the original materials traditionally used on their products.

ACCIONA leads the WP7, where the developed manufacturing technology will be validated through three demonstration cases related to different industrial sectors:

  • Secondary lining panels for road tunnels (ACCIONA)
  • Aluminium metallic back and front frames for a car (FIAT)
  • A mock-up of a car design (PININFARINA)






  • Fundación AITIIP (AITIIP), Spain
  • TWI Limited (TWI), United Kingdom
  • Centre Suisse D'electronique Et De Microtechnique Sa - Recherche Et Developpement (CSEM), Switzerland
  • ACCIONA, Spain
  • Centro Ricerche FIAT SCPA (CRF), Italy
  • Pininfarina SPA (PF) Italy
  • Teamnet World Professional Services SRL (TNWPS), Romania
  • Leica Geosystems AG (LEICA), Switzerland
  • Vero Software Limited (VERO), United Kingdom
  • Aragonesa De Soldadura SL (ARASOL), Spain
  • Dimitrios Karadimas – Vision Business Consultants (VBC), Greece
  • Alchemie Limited (ALCHEMIE), United Kingdom
  • Espace 2001 SA (ESPACE), Luxembourg
  • CECIMO - European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO), Belgium
  • Autonomous Systems SRL (ATNS), Romania
  • Planit Software Limited (PLANIT), United Kingdom




This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme