“We have a machine that makes polymer and can produce different types of parts, such as small series for prototypes”
“We have a machine that makes polymer and can produce different types of parts, such as small series for prototypes,” explains Dylan Taleb, the sales manager. The company has already signed a partnership with the Air Force to equip the Mérignac air base, which houses the national 3D printing centre.
“Our machines can be used for maintenance or the creation of specific pieces of equipment. They were used, for example, for the creation of a muzzle for dogs on which one can connect a respirator for high altitude. This is the kind of thing that is possible with 3D printing,” continues Thomas Bourgoin, mechanical engineer and founding CEO of Handdle.
Other companies like Gryp 3D have already managed to carve out a place in a niche market for additive manufacturing. The Bordeaux-based company specializes in the reproduction of spare parts for vintage cars. But she still faces a few obstacles to move up a gear.
“To be able to position ourselves on industrial production, we have to convince the manufacturers to let us access their technical files in order to be able to model the parts and reproduce them in 3D. As more and more of us are asking them, they end up accepting”, specifies Gauthier Laviron, one of the two leaders.
“New Aquitaine stands out with start-ups of excellent level”, underlines Jean-Daniel Penot of France Additive, the professional association which federates the sector of the 3D industry. But it is still necessary to “strengthen the competitiveness of companies in the sector and make 3D printing visible within the industry of the future”.