Our team is expanding again! In March, we welcomed a new pre-sales engineer, Lucas Bellec: he joined Kimya to provide a link between our sales team, production, and our customers. Just this once: who says new team member, says profile interview! We, therefore, asked Lucas a few questions to find out more about his career and his aspirations!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career to date?
My name is Lucas Bellec and I am a pre-sales engineer at ARMOR. I started on 30 March 2020. I arrived in the middle of lockdown, the first day that I am not going to forget in a hurry! I have a Materials and mechanical engineering degree from Université Bretagne Sud in Lorient. I worked for many years in the automotive industry, mainly in the field of rubber. I was a design engineer, which means that I did calculations on the resistance, durability, etc. of the material. I also have a shorter experience in the construction industry.
How did you get into additive manufacturing?
I discovered 3D printing at home in 2015. Actually, I bought an FDM 3D printer with a friend and we printed quite a few parts to test things, create parts, etc. I am a motorcycle enthusiast so I printed lots of biking-related models. FDM was the most affordable technology – and still is now in my opinion – that is the main reason that I invested in this type of machine. It has quickly become a passion!
What are your main roles at ARMOR?
As a pre-sales engineer, my role is to receive customer requests together with the sales team and to act as a first filter, i.e. to sort the requests, to analyze them. Then, I write the specifications documentation for our production teams. Lastly, I provide project management and customer support. Besides that, another of my roles is to build relationships with the machine suppliers in order to test them, but also with our distributors to ensure the quality, the technical properties, etc. of our filaments.
What is it that you like most about this technology?
What I like the most is the ability to do lots of things. 3D printing brings life to our ideas, releases our creativity, we no longer have any limits. We can build complex structures, with internal cavities, make mistakes, try again. There are plenty of formats that we could not achieve with machining or molding processes, and now with additive manufacturing, we can. There is something else that I love, that is the diversity of the materials that are compatible nowadays: metal, plastic. wood, marble, stone, resin, powder, it’s great! As a materials engineer, for sure, that is a very important point for me.
How do you see the future of additive manufacturing?
I think that additive manufacturing has a bright future ahead of it. For now, it is not yet anchored in the minds of manufacturers, who are still in the mindset of machining and molding etc., but that will come. It will take some time, I think. This is still a new field: we need to standardize, get some rules in place because, for now, there is still a little bit of everything.
Today, I think it is of interest in preliminary projects and prototyping. Thanks to 3D technologies, we can conduct lots of trials, tests, develop functional prototypes. As for serial parts, we are talking about simple parts, with limited volumes. That will not stop additive manufacturing from finding a place in our factories to transform the supply chain.