3D printing is increasingly establishing itself as an ecological and economical alternative for spare parts, as offered by the Marklix marketplace.
have a positive image of repairing everyday objects, only one in three takes action, while one in two prefers to replace the product altogether. In question, the cost of the repair compared to the price of the new product, the repair times, the absence of information and the lack of visibility of the repairers. To fight against this major problem and more generally , Pierre-Jacques Lyon joined forces with Thomas Boullier to found , an intermediation platform between 3D printing providers and customers to produce spare parts.
A marketplace for professionals
Marklix was created from the contraction of Market, Library and Exchange. « If initially this spare parts marketplace was intended for everyone, individuals as well as repairers and manufacturers, we are in the process of reorienting our model towards an offer intended above all for repair professionals but also industrialists for the production of necessary parts. in the development of their product », Specifies Pierre-Jacques Lyon. Until now 51% of manufacturers declared not to integrate 3D printing for lack of knowledge in this new technology and 59% because of the cost of acquiring the equipment. Theyet has many virtues, whether in cost, reliability and agility of production.
The advantages of artificial intelligence and blockchain
The relevance of Marklix’s offer rests first and foremost on. An algorithm has been specially designed to detect design flaws, calculate manufacturing costs and choose the materials and printing technologies best suited to the proper functioning of the part. The 3D files sent are then protected by a private blockchain to alleviate the possible problems of intellectual property leakage and liability management in the event of or breakage. Marklix also relies on a network of additive manufacturing professionals, equipped with industrial machines. The vast majority of parts are produced by selective sintering by (SLS) in PA12 on printers or in Multi-Jet, even by wire deposition (FDM) and exceptionally by stereolithography (SLA).
3D printers as manufacturers are the winners
As for service providers (3D printers and makers), the service is free and without obligation, provided that quality parts are produced and shipped. According to Pierre-Jacques Lyon, “ they are not so numerous in France to be able to produce 3D parts of industrial quality, because the democratization of, as interesting as it is, relies on rather low-end hardware “. The connection is then direct with the manufacturers via the marketplace. They can thus benefit from digital stocks and production on demand. The advantage is considerable, when we know that a simple range of high-tech has more than 10,000 assembly parts. This makes it possible to achieve substantial savings on stocks, not to invest in specific machines or to immobilize the production line while waiting for a part.
A paradigm shift underway
Even if it exists, 3D printing struggles to integrate industrial processes. ” The problem is not so much the technology itself as the paradigm shift it entails. This really requires, in addition to competent staff, dedicated teams », Emphasizes Pierre-Jacques Lyon. Some manufacturers like or get started gradually, convinced . The legislative framework is also evolving in this direction. in particular now obliges the manufacturer of a good ” to provide sellers or repairers with 3D printer manufacturing drawings of the spare parts necessary for its operation ».