3D printing technology and society forward.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE PRINTER
“A fascination for science and technology is what led me to found 4D Pioneers with Nicolas. With 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and general management in sicence-related innovation, my drive to make the world a better place has never been so strong. I have been at the forefront of genetic breakthroughs, so I know that change is a human endeavor. That's why I want to help companies bring innovative solutions to the research and industrial worlds, from the inside. So that they can accelerate their discoveries, and their success. We're in this for the long run.”
Previous companies : Invitrogen, Affymetrix, RainDance
CHIEF TECHNICAL PRINTER
“I’ve always dreamed of a world where 3D Printing becomes the norm. And where new materials can be printed in 3D. The world is changing fast, and as engineers, we need to keep up. Additive manufacturing is much more than just an aesthetic tool. I’m convinced that it can solve complex industrial problems. I’ve seen this through my work for EDF, and through my PhD at Centrale Lille and Arts et Métiers. Whether polymers, ceramics or metals, my goal is to make highly performant materials accessible, so that we can all build a better future in 3D. Together.”
Previous companies : Besix, Centrale Lille, Construction Advanced Design
As a graduate from Ecole Centrale de Lille with a major in advanced mechanics, machines are his strong suit. David has joined the team as an R&D Engineer specialized in polymer processing, and and recently he took on the responsibility of project manager for the development of our new hybrid printer. Through his passion for technological innovation, he wants his work to have a measurable positive impact on the planet. At 4D Pioneers, David is the interface between Nicolas Gay and the Polymer Processing R&D team in charge of the development of our new printer.
Fascinated by science for as long as she can remember, Laura obtained a double Master’s degree in 2017: the one in Materials Chemistry at the Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL) and the other in Polymer Engineering Systems at the University of Lille. Further pursuing her passion for science, Laura went on to acquire her Ph.D in 2020, focusing her research on the design of new fire protective multi-materials through 3D printing. She has joined the 4D Pioneers team as a doctor specialized in the organic materials and recently took over the management of the organic materials science R&D team who is in charge of the development of new functional materials in the industrial use of additive manufacturing to offer innovative solutions to clients. In parallel, Laura sets up and monitors industrial and academic research projects.
Interested by engineering since he was a child, Jean-Baptiste entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Cachan in 2013. He specialized in the field of manufacturing and mechanical engineering during his curriculum. Following his two masters (research and teaching in mechanical/manufacturing engineering), he started a PhD preparation in SIGMA Clermont in 2017. His PhD study aimed to improve the Geometric Model of Parallel Kinematic Machines and was applied to the Tripteor X7. After his PhD defense, he joined 4D Pioneers in 2021 as a doctor in charge of the geometric model of developped hybrid machines and of the full hybrid process.
After graduating in Embedded System engineering at ISEN Lille in 2020, Eliott wanted to work in a field that can have an impact on his environment. He discovered the world of additive manufacturing and became really passionate about it for the technical challenges and the opportunities that it opens up. At 4D Pioneers, Eliott works on the electronic development of the printers and the R&D of new processes to create state-of-art technologies and revolutionize the additive manufacturing field.
After his bachelor’s degree in eco-design of innovative products (IUT of the University of Lille), Timothé wanted to develop his career within a startup company creating breakthrough technologies in the field of 3D printing. He could recognize at 4D Pioneers a real ambition to push the bounderies of 3D printing and make it a big thing with a bright future. Timothé joined 4D Pioneers as a designer and digitizer technician in charge of producing scans and CAD models of parts supplied by our industrial partners.
BENJAMIN LE DELLIOU
Benjamin obtained his Master’s degree Degree in Nanosciences, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies from University of South-Brittany, Lorient-FRANCE. Within the perspective of being a polymer expert in bio-based polymers, Benjamin pursued a PhD thesis at McCain Alimentaire S.A.S on the development of a bio-based and biodegradable flexible film packaging. Joining 4D Pioneers has been a real opportunity to combine sustainable, high performance materials and additive manufacturing towards a circular economy in a challenging environment. Since then, Benjamin has been in charge of the development of highly functional and sustainable materials implemented by 3D printing.
Roxane decided to start chemistry after high school and received her Master’s degree of Chemistry specialized in Materials from the School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL) in 2021. She joined 4D Pioneers to work in the organic materials division as a PhD candidate. Her research interests focus on durability of flame-retarded polymers, 3D printable for railway industry. She works in collaboration with two laboratories: Materials and Transformations Unit (UMET) and Processes and Engineering in Mechanics and Materials (PIMM). Thanks to this PhD she will develop many skills around ageing of flame-retarded polymers and additive manufacturing. This will expand 4D Pioneers’ area of expertise by adding the materials’ durability.
After a bachelor's degree in process chemistry and sustainable development, Benjamin worked for six years as an assistant engineer in a laboratory specializing in fire resistance and flame retardancy. This experience enabled him to acquire a solid technical knowledge of the formulations of polymer materials and their fire properties. He decides to join 4D Pioneers as a technician in the R&D organic materials division where he provides technical assistance in the development of new functional printable materials. This challenge allows him to use his technical skills to participate in a more sustainable society, as he has always wanted.
After 14 years of career in various industrial companies as a technician in mould making and programmer, Pierre gave himself a new challenge by training in 3D printing thanks to a diploma of senior technician in additive manufacturing (AFPA Toulouse). He decides to join 4D Pioneers as production technician in polymer processes in order to produce spare parts for industrials. 3D printing process represents for Pierre a huge, promising and very stimulating challenge. What's more, it's Made in France from idea to completion!
Teaching Multi-scale approaches for materials and structures at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées isn’t the only thing that makes Luc an amazing scientist to work with. As a researcher, he won the Prix Plumey of the French Science Academy for his work on mechanics. That’s not all. Luc also supervises several theses on continuum mechanics at the Navier Laboratory (ENPC). His knowledge in Homogenization methods, Poromechanics, Cracking and Geomaterials is essential to each piece we design.
Not only is Véronique a Professor at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, she is also the Head of the PIMM (Processing and Engineering in Mechanics and Materials) laboratory, a joint ENSAM, CNRS and CNAM research unit. Her research on modelling heterogeneous material structures and their behaviour is particularly interesting to us. Especially systems and their couplings. As a member of several scientific committees, and part of European and French initiatives around additive manufacturing, she knows 3D printing better than most.
Polymers hold no secret for Bruno. From being a University Professor at Arts et Métiers ParisTech to his role at the PIMM laboratory, he has an expertise in modeling of the consequences of aging materials, and in the mechanical behavior of polymers. Through multi-scaling, his research predicts the evolution of functional properties of polymer structures. As Deputy Director of the Institut Carnot ARTS, he accompanies industrial firms in the lifecycle of their machines. A precious ressource.
As a CNRS researcher (Laboratoire Navier) and ENPC teacher, Eric knows the ins and outs of Scientific Modelling. Whether micro or macro, solid or porous… He is also part of the “Multi-scale” team for the modelling and experimentation on mechanics, which helps us in finding the perfect fit for your piece.
CHEMISTRY AND POLYMER AGEING
If you want to make materials last, Emmanuel is your man. Professor at the ENSAM of Paris in the Process and Engineering in Mechanics and Materials laboratory, Emmanuel is known for his work on durability of polymers and composites. He leads the topic at the ENSAM laboratory, and signed more than 70 articles and book chapters.
When it comes to porous materials and poromechanical techniques, Frédéric is our man. A member of the GEOcvM theme at the LaMcube laboratory and Head of the Civil Engineering research laboratory at the Ecole Centrale de Lille, he knows everything there is to know about the topic. And more. He is also a University Professor at Centrale Lille, and an Expert for Andra, EDF, Ondraf, and Storengy.
Didier is a specialist of industrial machinery. After 30 years of working for Renault, Peugeot, Toyota, Dassault, and many more global companies, he knows the ins and outs of the sector. From digitally controlled machines, to processes involving of high-precision mechanical pieces. His work spans the production of precision tools for robotic cells, of surgery lasers, of prosthetic prototypes, of optical fibers… He is an expert in the FDM manufacturing process. That’s how we know him so well.
Fabrice is an encyclopaedia of ceramics knowledge. And especially ceramic printing. As a Programme Manager at the BCRC (Belgian Ceramic Research Center), he oversees all manufacturing processes. He is specialized in ceramic shaping processes, and has been on the first row of innovation in the additive manufacturing of technical ceramics. His expertise on fusion selective lasering, stereolithography and binder jetting is of great value to us.
After 27 years of experience in the development of innovative solutions, you can expect Didier to know quite a bit about cutting-edge technologies. His eclectic know-how, whether of cement manufacturing, pharmaceuticals or oil and gas has made him accustomed to solving problems through unique tools. And as an entrepreneur, he knows the associated business challenges which he is currently implementing at ACEI Services in the field of petroleum testing laboratories. The ideal technical advisor for 4D Pioneers.
REACTION AND RESISTANCE TO FIRE
Serge is a researcher playing with fire. If you need to fire retard your material, it is the right place to be. Thanks to his multidisciplinary approach at the applied and fundamental level, he can bring you relevant solutions for your materials. Serge is full Professor at Centrale Lille and is internationally recognized by his peers: he has been awarded by the prestigious ERC-AdG for his project FireBar-Concept and he is senior member of IUF (University Institut of France).