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Friday, July 13 • 16:00 - 18:00
Meetup - Micro-Factories LIMITED

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Quentin IPREX-GARCIA, TechBakery.co
Consumer Electronics, from mass industrialisation in China to distributed micro-factories in each city.

I spend some years designing and industrializing consumer electronic products for different companies, traveling between China and France. For both startups and bigger companies and for the whole products I worked on, there is three common points: you need lots of time between your product is designed and your product is in the hand of the user, you need lots of money to advance your custom toolings & your stock, and you need to manufacture lots of identical design to cost products to be profitable, and everything quite far from your user.
So what … you need to find private funding, you can only iterate once a year on your product, personalization or just color versioning is painful, you really need to sell it to a maximum of people, and finally, as soon as there is a problem or that the product is no more used it just go to bin, because the product is so designed to cost that it is hard to fix and to reuse some parts.
Today with TechBakery we try to draw an alternative to this classical industrial system. We are designing a micro-factory, for distributed mass production of consumer electronics. Think about it … a local business in each city to manufacture and sell on demand, only the products you need, from tons of different designer, makers or companies. There are 3 main goals of this project:
-    Allow use and re-use of local materials, as much for raw materials, as for the electronic functional modules which from a product can be replaced or reused in another.
-    Bring back the product manufacturing near the final user and allow him to see, personalize and understand his product, and ease the maintenance and product end of life.
-    Allow designers, makers, startups or bigger companies to develop and distribute a consumer electronic product with as much flexibility as the development of an application.
So let me bring you in a trip from the classical way of consumer electronics production to the future that we are developing, where next to your favorite bakery, at the corner of the street, you can get manufactured the last Bluetooth speaker or a connected ambient light for your home.

Fab City London and Batch Manufacturing

During this talk, we’ll be showing how Batch.works factory is integrated into the city along with FabCity London initiative. The talk will be shared between Julien Vaissieres from Batch.works and Nat Hunter from Fab City London

Fab City London (FCL) is the UK branch of the Fab City Global Initiative, co-founded and led by Liz Corbin, Nat Hunter, Gareth Owen Lloyd and James Tooze in 2018, and supported by associates and partners from across London.

The aim of FCL is to function as a social impact enterprise for developing and embedding decentralised, civic-led modes of production across the urban realm. Within this agenda is the exploration of new approaches to design, production and consumption that transition society toward a circular economy.

The ambition is to work with diverse London communities to develop technologies, strategies and infrastructures that can be leveraged by all at whatever scale of enterprise, generating initiatives that benefit from a mix of geographical locations and expertise.

BATCH.WORKS founded by Julien Vaissieres make 3D printed consumer products part of people’s everyday lives. We believe in making the right product for the right person, in the right place; using the latest technology to make local design and manufacturing globally available.

3D printing has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
At Batch. Works, we use this technology to produce at a batch scale, working with local makers to make on demand, eliminating supply chain waste.

Batch manufacturing also enables us to be responsive to consumer concerns. In response to growing awareness of plastic waste, we source environmentally responsible material, and all our plastic is biodegradable.

Mathilde BERCHON, TechShop Ivry, and Station F., Lead
TechShop, 2 Years Later

TechShop - Ateliers Leroy Merlin launched its first space in France in November 2015. Since then, we opened 2 new locations, build a strong community of makers and doers, ran thousands of classes and events, spend hours taking care of our machines and sharing technical and creative knowledge.

In this talk, we want to share what we learned in running a maker space in the city, show urban projects born in the shop from our members, and share how a maker space like TechShop can help shape the future of creation and local innovation in building social and environmental change.

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Vincent GUIMAS

Les Arts Codés
15+ years experience in media art & technology innovation in creative fields at international level.Expertise in different Informations : creative technology including interactive design and educational network.Experienced in startup company development from concept to product, extensive... Read More →

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Mathilde BERCHON

Lead, TechShop - Ateliers Leroy Merlin
I'm a co-lead at TechShop Ivry et TechShop Station F since the opening of the first space in Paris in 2015. Previously: author of the first book in French about 3D printing, "L'impression 3D" (Ed. Eyrolles, 2013), I lived in San Francisco for 4 years during the rise and growth of... Read More →
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Director, (UK) Unto This Last Ltd
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Co-Founder, Fab City London
Main interests: RdM (Redistributed Manufacturing), Circular Economy, values-led businesses. And the Fab City vision!Here's the bio:Nat has been involved in the Maker Movement since June 2013 when, in her role as Director of Design at the RSA, she created FutureMakers,  a day of hands-on... Read More →
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Quentin IPREX

Co-Founder, TechBakery.co
Co-lead of the micro factory project TechBakery. Engineer used to work both in entrepreneurship area and consumer electronics design and industrialisation in France and China.
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I'm a designer focused on working with digital tools and local manufacturing. I've experienced in all types of digital fabrication processes. I'm best known for my expertise in 3D design and 3D printing. My work and collaborations have been exhibited in various institutions. I’m... Read More →