The Armor 3D team expands once again! A few months ago, François Edy joined the company as Technical Manager at the Kimya Factory, our 3D printing service. He is responsible for managing the production team, for responding to all technical requests and for ensuring that production lead times are met. So we decided to ask François a few questions in order to find out more about his background!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career to date?
I am a mechanical and materials engineer by training, specializing in eco-design. Following my studies I joined a research institute as research engineer specializing in additive manufacturing. The experience enabled me to get involved in most of the main 3D printing technologies, ranging from metals to polymers. The 7 years I spent developing the technology in an industrial project context confirmed my interest in the technology and my desire to help it reach maturity, so I joined ARMOR 3D.
How did you get into 3D printing?
I discovered 3D printing during my education, as my school already offered courses on rapid prototyping. As 3D printers subsequently became more widely available, I was able to acquire my first machine, a kit of threaded rods at that time. With this initial solution, I was able to make others based on the REPRAP project model, and I still develop my own personal printers as a hobby.
What are your responsibilities at Armor 3D?
At Armor 3D, I am the Technical Manager for the 3D printing department. I am responsible for providing effective technical responses to our customers’ demands, and I also manage the production team to ensure that we maintain product quality and meet production deadlines.
What is it that you like most about this technology?
What I most like about the technology is its speed: you can transform an idea into a physical object and even into production in just a few days. The range of fields that the technology is able to address is also particularly motivational. You can be managing the production of a single part with simple functionalities and the next day be working on a production run of plane parts.
How do you see the future of additive manufacturing?
In my opinion, additive manufacturing is just setting out on the road to maturity and is gaining ground every day in terms of reliability and performance. It is becoming a lynch pin of the product production cycle, whether for prototypes, small runs and even mass production. As the various industrial operators learn more about the technology, they will also be increasingly able to benefit from its advantages, such as flexibility, technical scope, efficiency in terms of the consumption of materials and the ability to produce on demand. The sector is still in its early days and I can’t wait to see how it develops over the coming years.