HP which has already specialized itself with 3D printing, has made its partnership stronger with DECATHLON ADD LAB (Additive Manufacturing Lab), brand’s research center which is fully dedicated to 3D printing solutions. The laboratory is now been equipped with two HP JetFusion 5200 and 3D printers, four processing stations and six manufacturing units. This allows printing different materials like PA12, TPU and PP. By joining hands with HP, DECATHLON will now be able to manufacture and provide 3D printed spare parts.
DECATHLON ADD LAB was created in the year 2016 and along with repairs, the lab work on different aspects including prototyping, design and manufacturing of different tools. Till date, there are more than 100,700 projects completed by the ADD LAB and has more than 60,000 finished products.
Once the lab team tests and validate products, they are then added to the “Spare Part Index” catalog, which are then shared by all the regional workshops in France.
Benchmark for JetFusion Technology
With the creation of ADD LAB, there has been a change in the production process at DECATHLON.
“We are delighted to count DECATHLON as a benchmark site for the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology allowing businesses, whatever their sector of activity and wherever they may be, to discover this technology in service and benefit from DECATHLON’s valuable feedback,” explained Nicolas Aubert, Director of 3D Printing, HP Inc. Presently, France. DECATHLON’s ADD LAB receives customers for its Design For Additive Manufacturing sessions. This is really a great success for the lab.
HP gets more advantage by 3D printing because the technology helps in optimizing parts, meeting the need of real time and producing industry quality parts. Moreover, the JetFusion from HP offers dimensional precision.
DECATHLON’s “DX”- The Futuristic Store
In September 2020, DECATHON opened an innovative store called “DX” which is DECATHLON Experience & Exploration at its campus in Villeneuve d’Ascq in France. The main aim of opening up this futuristic and innovative store is to connect with customers. Moreover, the store helps in understanding the value of its products.
“HP’s 3D printing technology prefigures tomorrow’s practices in terms of additive manufacturing, such as dimensional precision and ease of operation. HP is convinced of the need to evolve towards a circular, low-carbon economic model. Businesses like DECATHLON which ensure their sustainable growth without increasing their consumption of raw materials will be better prepared to face up to a not-too-distant future where resources are limited, and be well-placed to help their customers do the same,” concluded Aubert.
The ADD LAB team present at the store walks through all the process of producing 3D printed products from JetFusion 5200.