29 Mar Team portrait : Nicolas Morand
Posted to 29 March 2017
in 3D Blog
, Armor 3D Team
The Armor 3D team is a diverse one. We count members with different backgrounds and expertises that contribute to our identity. Today, meet Nicolas Morand.
1 -Can you tell us about you and your career path?
I am curious and interested in innovation. My career path revolved around those two components. I always worked in R&D in an entrepreneurial mindset.
My favourite book is Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I fancy painting and travelling to discover new cultures and new horizons.
2 -What is your role within Armor 3D?
I am the head of R&D, Innovation and Industrialization, quite a long title! To put it simply, I work on conceiving and producing 3D printing materials. This is only possible thanks to the precious help of fellow ARMOR teams.
3 – What interests you in 3D printing?
I remember clearly coming back from work after a busy day when I heard an American folk on the radio: Chris Anderson. He was passionately speaking about the new industrial revolution. The day after, I bought his book Makers. That’s how I discovered 3D, a world of novelties and near infinite possibilities. That’s what I like about it!
4 – How is OWA filament crafted?
3D filament requires three expertises: Formulation Chemistry, Plastics processing and characterization.
Formulation chemistry is the science of selecting and mixing materials. We traditionally distinguish 4 sub-categories: polymers, pigments, additives and charges. Think of it as baking. To bake a cake we need eggs (polymer), chocolate (pigments), yeast (additives) and wheat (charge). That remains chemistry, please do not try at home – unless you really are baking a chocolate cake.
Plastics processing is all about mixing plastics. We get filament through extrusion. It is a process of forcing a form onto plastic in our case, by thrusting it through a die.
Characterization is the ability to identify a product’s physical and mechanical properties. This is a key process to meet our clients’ needs and the quality requirements.
5 – How do you picture the future of 3D printing?
I see 3D printing at everyone’s reach. We are on the right track for everyone to have a printer at home! It could serve recurring needs, in the same fashion 2D printers have become essentials. It could ease our daily lives and provide us with adapted products.
In an industrial setup, 3D printing will rationalize production. It will reduce buffer stocks and allow tailor-made solutions. It is a wonderful opportunity to simplify logistics and enable customization.