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Pro talks: Learn from Decathlon

January 12, 2020

Hello everyone. My name is Luis
Rodriguez with Ultimaker and I’m pleased to welcome Kevin from Decathlon We’ve asked you here today to share your story I know you’ve been with Ultimaker for a little bit and you’re also new and helping
things inside the company So tell us a little bit Yeah for sure At Decathlon, we want to bring
sport available for the many So to do that, we need to reduce the cost and before our entity of prototyping was created we were putting externally our prototyping phase So it was not cost-effective and so on we decided to go internal and that’s why we created our entity about prototyping And rapidly we reached other companies like Ultimaker to get a good 3D printer and also to have a partnership
about how to improve each other And to also get the most out of our 3D printer So you used to outsource the prototyping? Yeah, before that, yeah By internally prototyping, we keep our data That was the main point of our security Yeah, you can protect your IP Exactly So you’re part of a new group
that was formed inside the company? About additive manufacturing We really feel the need of exploring this field because before that we were
designers and we worked quickly But we needed to know what was going on Right, you need to have control of that workflow Exactly, yeah So people might not realize you’re a large sports brand But you also do work for the
brands that are carried in the stores Exactly, yes We’re dealing with every sport, every kind of sport And each of them need some validation of
design or some mechanical structures So that’s why we had a lot of cases and we have a range of different technology Right. So you have a lot of application uses I even heard that you’re using some actual
parts in stores for shelving – things like that Yeah You know, now you’re a group, they’re
going to want to use you for everything Yeah What about materials. Have you
explored a wide material range? Or has that evolved? Yeah, we had a chance to use composites also But for the first phase of conception we basically for the time with FDM because it’s quicker and is enough to validate some
shapes and assemblies also But we can use carbon fiber, for example We had some example for protection because the IP is with the engineer
and the designer wanted to to test it in a real application for protection So that was a functional prototype Yes, a functional prototype What Ultimakers do you use? I know you have evolved Yeah, we started with the Ultimaker 3 Extended because what we needed was
accurate resolution, on the Z-axis And for the 3 Extended, it was a need from internal as well OK, so you had good surface quality on that full height Yeah, and to have like part of the shoes we wanted a lot. But we also printed But after we get the Ultimaker S5, we
had the chance to print larger pieces And that was our need So you weren’t cutting up parts Yeah, before that it was cutting parts and fixing after Now you can do pieces like this, where it’s all one piece Yeah exactly And it’s really interesting because thanks to
the S5, the build volume is really interesting and we have some features that help us
to not ruin a larger or longer 3D print And then elsewhere in the company, are you also
doing tooling and jigs and things for these products or other products? Have you started to do that yet? So far, we’re focusing on the additive manufacturing and we sometimes did do a lot of
post-treatment and facing or so So coating and we try to get
the most realistic prototype of it So what did the S5 give you beyond the size? You started to explore composites or? Well, composites also Thanks to the last print core CC Red 0.6 we had the chance to 3D print a tennis racket and we wanted to reach a
mechanical structure with carbon fiber So, so far I know that there’s a large range of different Lots of composites out there Yeah composites of whatever so I didn’t try everything yet No you can’t Exactly So what’s the plan inside the company now? This is a successful business unit,
you’re starting to use it for more things Are you going to expand this to other
sites or do you train other employees? It’s not just you Yeah, our goal is to, we are a small team right now dedicated to additive manufacturing But because we are not the only ones thinking
about additive manufacturing inside Decathlon So we wanted to federate all of these people There are several parts in France and
also abroad in Taiwan, in Russia They are starting to use additive manufacturing for
not just prototyping, but thinking about the next step So, our goal is to federate, give the good insight because we try everything, we fail, we learn so we make some parameters I mean, you know we put it in
order to make the work easier So they can start off at the same level So yeah, we’re starting to construct a network of additive manufacturing experts inside Decathlon So we will maybe in the near future say that we can produce locally Right, ship the files Because our entity, AddLab at
Decathlon, don’t do only prototyping but we are also looking at after-sales And we already produce some
parts that we can produce on-demand So, economically and also for For repairs or upgrades Exactly yeah. And tooling also I was thinking like because thanks to all
of the composites we can do with FDM we can do tools that don’t exist
with mechanical properties And so far, we have a lot of demand
from the inside for some tooling Oh that’s great Thanks to Ultimaker S5 and also all the composites You’ll be able to explore that So maybe one day all of these sites will
have Ultimakers and you just ship a file Exactly, yeah. And with the right parameters in the slicer thanks to Cura also And the federation with Cura Connect They want to get the same parameters
and everything work fine Will you be involved in training the others? I train my team So part of my job is to make
everything smooth in our workflow So yes I try and get the good parameters for our application and share it with the team So everyone is up to date So once you convinced your superiors that you wanted to do this what was the sort of final decision? Was it turnaround time, cost was it how easy to use software? Because a lot of companies don’t want their
engineers to waste time learning software They want it to be easy to use and
maybe grow into it or something Yeah, but from our point, it’s
like we are cross-technology And we wanted to have control from the inside So that’s why we dig in deeper on the software to have the right parameters
within it for the right application You create your profiles It was OK if it is easier and plug-and-play why not? If you get the result But because we can use any different materials we wanted to have all the panel of parameters So then you’ll drill down per application get a profile, and then you guys share those profiles Yes. That is our strength So it might be per material, but it could be per product? Per peripheral? Per shape?
Yeah, yeah, why not? Well thank you Kevin for sharing what you do We really thank you for stopping by and taking the time We’re excited to see where you go and expand And we want to do these to help
tell the stories so people can relate It is possible Thank you everyone for watching If you want to find out more about
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