JEC World, the leading international composites expo, kicked off yesterday in Paris, bringing key players from the composites industry together. One of the event’s highlights so far was the conclusion of the Startup Booster competition, where three winners were named. Excitingly, one of the winners was from the 3D printing sector: American company AREVO.
The JEC World Startup Booster competition initially started with 120 submissions, which were whittled down to a top 10 before the event. A pitch session was held at the Paris-based show, where the 10 finalists pitched their composite products and projects to an international jury.
In the end, three winners were named: AREVO, a Silicon Valley startup specializing in 3D printed composites; Singapore-based Airgo Design, a developer of composite economy class passenger seats; and Woodoo, a France-based company the produces augmented wood. Lavoisier Composites, a French company that develops composites sourced from the French aerospace sector, was selected as the winner of the public vote.
While each of the winners brings something interesting to the table, the most interesting for us is AREVO, a company that is developing a platform for additively manufacturing ultra-strong, lightweight composite parts for end-use applications. The company’s technology consists of composite materials, build software and a unique free motion robotics printing process.
“This award is a testament to the high performance multi-disciplinary team at AREVO, which comprises 13 PhDs and in computer science, materials science, and robotics from the best universities around the world,” said Hemant Bheda, co-founder and Chairman of AREVO. “Team Arevo created the world’s first 3D printed continuous carbon fiber bicycle frame in production now with a process that takes a small fraction of the time as traditional manufacturing techniques. This is a good start to 2019 and we look forward to building upon our achievements with additional exciting developments the rest of the year.”
The company’s ultimate goal is not only to offer a complete composite 3D printing solution, but to implement it for high volume production. Last year, the company demonstrated its capabilities by 3D printing a bicycle which was heralded as “the world’s first true 3D printed commuter bike.” In addition to the bike’s impressive cantilever structure, the bicycle impressed the industry at large because of the fact that it was designed and produced in less than 18 days, dramatically reducing the timeframe for a bike design.
“JEC World is THE place to promote innovation, foster networking and showcase the potential of composites to all industries,” said Anne-Carole Barbarin, JEC Group Programs Director. “Among our actions, we are developing the innovation capabilities of startups with the Startup Booster programme.
“We would like to thank and congratulate all the startups that were involved, as well as all members of the jury. Industrial startups often offer disruptive innovations in terms of their technologies, business models or applications. This is of interest to manufacturers, who focus on the markets of tomorrow, and helps to accelerate the development of startups.”
Today, we are also expecting to learn the winners of the JEC Innovation Awards 2019. Three 3D printing companies were named as finalists in the competition: CEAD, Compo Tech Plus and Continuous Composites.