Marklix, the marketplace for 3D printed spare parts

3D printing is increasingly establishing itself as an ecological and economical alternative for spare parts, as offered by the Marklix marketplace.

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While 81% of the French have a positive image of repairing everyday objects, only one in three takes action, while one in two prefers to replace the product altogether. In question, the cost of the repair compared to the price of the new product, the repair times, the absence of information and the lack of visibility of the repairers. To fight against this major problem and more generally planned obsolescence, Pierre-Jacques Lyon joined forces with Thomas Boullier to found Marklix, an intermediation platform between 3D printing providers and customers to produce spare parts.

A marketplace for professionals

Marklix was created from the contraction of Market, Library and Exchange. « If initially this spare parts marketplace was intended for everyone, individuals as well as repairers and manufacturers, we are in the process of reorienting our model towards an offer intended above all for repair professionals but also industrialists for the production of necessary parts. in the development of their product », Specifies Pierre-Jacques Lyon. Until now 51% of manufacturers declared not to integrate 3D printing for lack of knowledge in this new technology and 59% because of the cost of acquiring the equipment. The fabrication additive yet has many virtues, whether in matter cost, reliability and agility of production.

The advantages of artificial intelligence and blockchain

The relevance of Marklix’s offer rests first of all on artificial intelligence. An algorithm has been specially designed to detect design flaws, calculate manufacturing costs and choose the materials and printing technologies best suited to the proper functioning of the part. The 3D files sent are then protected by a private blockchain to alleviate the possible problems of intellectual property leakage and liability management in the event ofaccident or breakage. Marklix also relies on a network of additive manufacturing professionals, equipped with industrial machines. The vast majority of parts are produced by selective sintering by laser (SLS) in PA12 on printers EOS Where HP in Multi-Jet, even by wire deposition (FDM) and exceptionally by stereolithography (SLA).

3D printers as manufacturers are the winners

As for service providers (3D printers and makers), the service is free and without obligation, provided that quality parts are produced and shipped. According to Pierre-Jacques Lyon, “ they are not so numerous in France to be able to produce 3D parts of industrial quality, because the democratization of 3d printers, as interesting as it is, relies on rather low-end hardware “. The connection is then direct with the manufacturers via the marketplace. They can thus benefit from digital stocks and production on demand. The advantage is considerable, when we know that a simple range ofvacuum cleaners high-tech has more than 10,000 assembly parts. This makes it possible to achieve substantial savings on stocks, not to invest in specific machines or to immobilize the production line while waiting for a part.

A paradigm shift underway

Even if it exists since many years, 3D printing struggles to integrate industrial processes. ” The problem is not so much the technology itself as the paradigm shift it entails. This really requires, in addition to competent staff, dedicated teams », Emphasizes Pierre-Jacques Lyon. Some manufacturers like Seb Where Renault get started gradually, convinced economic and ecological interests and the development of the local economy. The legislative framework is also evolving in this direction. Amendment CD1308 of the law on the fight against waste and the circular economy in particular now obliges the manufacturer of a good ” to provide sellers or repairers with 3D printer manufacturing drawings of the spare parts necessary for its operation ».

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