What are the most popular products on your website at the moment?
The 3D printer is our most popular product. We’ve also become a supplier of turnkey FabLabs for institutions, schools, and businesses, to the point that we now offer acquisition solutions with different types of scanners, software, electronics and rapid prototyping, as well as tables, chairs and toolboxes.
In the long term, do you think everyone will have their own 3D printer at home?
3D printers are rapid prototyping machines that require skills in creation and design. It’s a solid market for those who distribute them, but not everyone needs one. What we’re really likely to see are platforms that let people upload and share 3D models. Meanwhile, the diversity of materials will continue to increase, and time to production will increase as well.
What are you cooking up for the future?
Our R&D work is always pushing us to imagine ways of using new materials, and we’re developing both an offer and original 3D modelling content. In the short term, we’ll have our own collections on our download platform, with some designs available under a “creative commons licence”. For the distribution component, we’re continuously refining our offer; our aim is to offer our customers the best available technology, with constantly updated training available. For the community component, we want to organise between 6 and 10 Maker Faires per year in France to bring makers together with the general public. There will be 3 in 2015 (April - St Malo, June - Paris, October - Lyon). Finally, we’re collaborating with the Entrepreneurial Chair of Sup de Co, and Ensci (the French national school for advanced studies in design) to build the FabClub, designed as an incubator for startups and hardware for people who want to engage in the project, by supporting them from concept to prototype.