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Avro Tech - LeFabShop SAS

Digital fabrication solutions

Project initiated in 2013 at Saint Méloir des Ondes

The FabShop focuses on three activities: distribution and training (including an approved training centre for 3D printing), research and creative development, and building communities (it’s licensed to organise Maker Faires throughout France, and it also creates FabClubs – rapid prototyping workshops for professionals, young people, and any other members of the public who want to give it a try).

Bertier Luyt, founder of the Fab Shop

Bertier Luyt, founder of the Fab Shop

Welding workshop for children at the Paris Maker Faire

Welding workshop for children at the Paris Maker Faire

The Fabshop at Pavillon de l'Arsenal

The Fabshop at Pavillon de l'Arsenal

The team

The team

« @LeFabClub – The temple of digital fabrication is coming soon to Paris and elsewhere »

History of the project

Created in 2012 by Bertier Luyt, Le FabShop is a company that specialises in 3D printing. It is particularly advanced in the areas of distribution, design creation and training. Today it has 15 employees, and it generated a turnover of €1.3 million in 2013.

The FabShop is a distributor for 3D ReplicatorTM printers from MakerBot®, as well as paper 3D printers from IrisTM and the Matrix 300TM from Mcor Technologies®.

As the creator and coordinator of the FabClub network in France and abroad, the FabShop offers digital fabrication workshops open to the public, like those now in place at Renault and Google.

The company also has an R&D studio, which is engaged in research and development into materials for 3D printing, product development, and publishing content. Wearing one of its other hats, it’s the producer of “Maker Faire” events in France (http://www.makerfaireparis.com). The company is involved in every aspect of digital creation and is now a market leader in personal 3D printing.

7500
People at the Paris Maker Faire
1000
Customers
€1,8M
Turnover in 2013
« @Makerfaire – You can find the international community of #makers here! It’s the benchmark event for #DoItTogether worldwide. »

Interview with Bertier Luyt, founder of the Fab Shop

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.

Anne-Sophie Novel

« @LeFabShop – French Leader in personal 3D printing – #3Dprinting #creativity #ingenuity – Digital fabrication solutions. »

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