Recreus: the flexible filament

“You don’t know what happened in that garage today.” With these words he announced Ignatius Garcia the discovery of a printing filament with flexible properties. A personal commitment in which he had worked for months to print parts suitable for his model airplane models, one of the hobbies of this young engineer from Elda (Alicante), founder of recreation . But this advance would allow him to make new flights.

In 2012, to communicate the birth of Filaflex, he distributed some photos of printed sneakers, the first made on a home computer. They have been featured in the most influential industry blogs and media around the world. The commissions soon arrived, forcing García to make quick decisions along with his sister Sara. Thus, Recreus was founded in 2015 to cover a project that had grown from 80,000 euros in 2013 to 500,000.

García markets its offer through an online shop, a network of dealers and large retail chains, mainly abroad, where it sells almost 90% of its production. She has invested around 300,000 euros in various phases, “everything from our own resources, we are proud of that. First thanks to the capitalization of the unemployment and then the reinvestment of all the profits, but we don’t owe anyone anything”.

LGM Estudio: autonomy for design

This study by Olite in Navarre, specialized in electronic microtransport solutions, works. 3D printing enables LGM to fulfill very short production orders, such as those coming in from Sweden for tricycles with trailers for street vending or transporting calves in a cowshed, and even for more demanding orders. This is the case of its Eco-Sweeper, a design marketed by the Alava company SweeperBike and already being tested in several town halls for the daily cleaning of pedestrian streets. In addition, it sells vehicles for people with reduced mobility, for company fleets or surveillance systems.

Louis Gomezfounder of LGM Studio , was interested in this technology “as a solution to become independent and be able to create their designs autonomously, but we quickly realized that we could do much more. The ultimate goal is to print the entire vehicle and then assemble it, but this equipment is still very expensive,” explains the founder. Gómez trusted the advice of device manufacturer Leon3D, from whom he bought a printer worth around €4,000 and from whom he received basic training on how to use it: “It’s not very complicated, but it takes a lot of time to test before you can use it manage to calibrate everything and find the part you need.

This printer allows you to offer your customers various options such as: B. vehicle customization based on their physical disability, use, or simply design preferences. With an investment of around 150,000 euros, Gómez plans to focus on the work of designing the prototypes and deriving the assembly to collaborating companies, although they also have their own products.

UNYQ: prosthesis with a unique design

“The leg amputation at the age of 16 has steered my professional career. I decided to study engineering and major in robotics to improve my functionality, ease my integration and help others.” That’s how it can be summed up Manuel Bosa his career, which he is now continuing unyq , a company that makes unique covers for all types of prosthetic arms and legs. His personal commitment led him to Össur, one of the world leaders in advanced prosthetics: “I discovered that the functional part was sophisticated, that we could walk, run and play sports with it, but they hadn’t noticed that many amputees wanted our Showing prostheses and being able to be in a unique way”.

In 2008 he started working on his project, but it wasn’t until 2011, when he got in touch with 3D printing, that he saw the light: “Finally I could give a form to all the ideas I had in my head, this one Technology turned economically viable my product”.

Most of the production is sold abroad. With prices ranging from 300 to 1,000 euros, Unyq has its production facility in Seville with sophisticated printers that have had to be modified so that they can work 24 hours a day. Another team is based in San Francisco and is led by Boza’s partner, who is responsible for marketing in the region and relations with investors, all Americans. The sale takes place through its website, supported by a mobile application, with which the user sends the photos of the design they want. They already have clinics on 5 continents.

Triditive: Additive Manufacturing for Enterprises

Despite his youth Mariel Diaz Castro She is a veteran of this world. “I have been associated with additive manufacturing for many years,” explains this mechanical engineer, who works with the University of Oviedo, an institution very close to Triditive, a company founded in Gijón in 2014, which brings together its two founding partners, Díaz Castro and Jose Antonio Fernandez along with other employees. triditive It has several lines of business. The training area has thousands of students from Asturian schools, it also teaches its own online courses and with the College of Technical Engineers of Asturias.

It also offers engineering and manufacturing services, “the most important part of the business,” explains Mariel: “We want to be the factory for companies to help them transition into the additive manufacturing age.” Mariel assures that the interest is already there and in many areas “we work for medicine, education, electronics, mechanics, crafts, etc. The problem is that the demand is very high and we have had to say no to some customers because our current capacity it did not allow us to produce within the desirable deadlines.”

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