Testing of advanced solutions for digital grinding, advanced forming, machining and multitasking, micromachining, digitising and connectivity, and other processes


The Smart and Connected Machines focus area brings together a series of technological assets for companies, enabling them to carry out trial, testing, development, demonstration and training activities on the most established types of machines and manufacturing processes in the Basque industrial sector.  

This focus area therefore provides specialised assets (machines, test benches, verification and test equipment) for conventional machining processes, multifunctional machining, process hybridisation, grinding and finishing processes, micromachining and precision processes, forming and joining processes, as well as software assets for testing aspects related to connectivity, digitisation and advanced control strategies. 

Application areas

12 organisations and more than 42 assets to support:

Advanced Forming

Advanced Forming

Grinding and
and Multitasking
Precision and
Micro Machining
and Conectivity
Other processes

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943 74 80 00

Casos de uso

Drilling of composite materials with one-shot tools



Use case

Zubiola is a cooperative founded in Azpeitia in 1966. After some years dedicated to the manufacture of machinery for the furniture industry, it focused on the manufacture of cutting tools for wood and derivatives. In 2007, Zubiola moved to Azkoitia and began to enter the automotive and aeronautical sectors through the manufacture of polycrystalline diamond tools. Today, these sectors represent two thirds of the company’s business.


In the aeronautical sector, processes that were previously done manually are now being automated, which requires a precision increase of existing cutting tools. In addition, aircrafts are using increasingly lighter and more abrasive materials, such as titanium or carbon fiber, which requires more sophisticated tools. Due to these transformations, the drilling of carbon fiber reinforced polymers is causing complications in the aeronautical industry, which is facing challenges such as chip removal, temperature increase or lack of cutting edge strength.

Area of the company where the solution is focused:

Mechanization of materials for the aeronautical sector

Company size:



Tool manufacturing


Azkoitia (Gipuzkoa)

Benefits of the Solution:

  • Improved drilling of composite materials
  • Reduction of cycle time and machining costs
  • Increased competitiveness of machining tools
  • Opportunity to open up to the machining of new stacks

Incorporated Technologies:

  • Polycrystalline diamond (PCD) one-shot tools
  • Integrated machining cell

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