Nov 13, 2017 | By David

As 3D printing expands, regions that were previously new to the technology are starting to find themselves at the forefront of research. A new 3D printing center is due to be opened in France, in the northern part of the country.  Hot on the heels of the opening of Addimadour, a new metal 3D printing center in Bayonne, the city of Tincques will soon see the establishment of the headquarters of 3D Partners. 3D Partners is the 3D printing arm of the Economic Interest Group (GIE).

The GIE consists of five businesses local to the area: Élanplast, based in Tincques, 3D Perspectives of Arras, Desailly de Bouzincourt in the Somme, 3D Metal Print in Saint-Omer and 3D FT Lab based in Bailleul. Together they are jointly contributing towards the development of different technologies, with 3D printing being a key focus. 3D Partners will now be capable of gathering all its expertise, knowledge and resources together in the one location. The site will be capable of making composite, metal and plastic products, for a huge range of different applications.

Around half a million Euros have been invested in the construction of the new headquarters. The building will cover an area of around 375 square meters, on several stages, and it should be finished sometime towards the end of 2018.

The site for the construction of the new headquarters was officially sold by the president of the Artois intercommunal committee, Michel Seroux recently, ready for building work to get underway. The plot is on the Ecopolis Industrial Park, and is around 2600 square meters.

‘‘Beyond manufacturing, there is all the... portion-engineering that will enable us to design and model the parts our customers need " said Arnaud Pommier, chief executive of plastics firm Elanplast, which is leading the collaboration. "3D printing’s growth is continuous in the industry. It offers beautiful perspectives, whether for designers, in textile, and even in concrete construction''.

France has been looking to increase its 3D printing influence for a couple of years now, with a number of private and state initiatives providing funding for various businesses and research and development projects. 3D printing expert PolyShape, known for producing Europe’s largest 3D printed components for the aerospace industry, is based in the country, as are Dassault Systemes and Prodways, two other major players. PolyShape recently co-founded FAIR, a multi-million Euro initiative to develop more advanced additive manufacturing processes and techniques in France.



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