The CTTC launches EASYCERAM: the first FABLAB specialised in ceramics.
EasyCeram is the new FabLab installed on the premises of the Ceramic Transfer Technologies Centre (CTTC) in the Ester Technopole. It is primarily open to professionals, students or project developers who want to experiment with the digital ceramic manufacturing technologies and anyone wishing to join this collective. FabLab provides training, direct access to digital equipment and 3D printers and advice on design and manufacturing.
For Simon Gal, Fab-Manager at EasyCeram, members of the FabLab primarily wish to make their projects a reality by creating a physical object:
“Our members, whether they are companies or incubated project developers, arrive with a very specific project and want to be able to materialise their idea very quickly as a prototype. It is therefore important that they acquire the basics of CAD and manufacturing using digital tools, which Fab-Lab offers, and they also benefit from the advice and experience of other members (DIWO or Do It With Others principle).”
After only a few weeks, Gregory Etchegoyen, Director of the CTTC, already announced that they are no less than five companies and a dozen projects that use the EasyCeram facilities on a daily basis.
“EasyCeram is first and foremost an experiment for boosting creation, learning new technologies, and collaborative projects in our ceramic industry. We launched this initiative without being sure if this formula would find its audience quickly. Now, we see that it meets the very varied needs of start-ups and Ester Technopole companies, including subjects that we did not consider initially.
I think that this is the real potential of the FabLab concept: allowing all ideas to be tested quickly and cheaply, and in this multiplicity, we witness the development of stars.
Among the hosted projects are, for example, the development of Limoges porcelain suitable for 3D printing, the memory form grip for the Ferlim tennis racket, the model of the revolutionary dental cleaning device Prodontis and the amphora Biopythos for maturing wine.
EasyCeram is an open place, connected to its direct environment and, as such, it takes full advantage of the proximity of the CTTC, engineering schools, the technological incubator and the AVRUL co-design centre. This is also the uniqueness of EasyCeram, which is based on the concept of openness and the multidisciplinary nature of a Fab-Lab, and when a professional dimension is added, guarantees the success of the member projects”.
The official FabLab website: www.easyceram.fr