G.R.Y.P. and the restoration of vintage vehicles thanks to Markforged 3D printing
The story behind G.R.Y.P.
Located near Bordeaux, G.R.Y.P. (Get and Reused Youngtimers Parts) specialises in the production of spare parts for vintage cars. Thanks to 3D printing, the two co-founders at the head of the company, Gauthier Laviron and Bastien Vanlathem, were able to meet the needs of customers.
Created in October 2017, it all started from two challenges for the restoration of vintage vehicles. Firstly, the rarity and end of production of certain spare parts. Secondly, speculation on the market of these same parts. It is these observations that led to the launch of the company.
3D printing was then the solution to these challenges, meaning for G.R.Y.P. the possibility of reproducing parts that had become very rare or even impossible to find. Also, by doing so, this option would counter speculators in the aftermarket.
Why 3D printing?
As mentioned above, 3D printing initially allows the production of small and medium series, freeing itself from the financial constraint of manufacturing an injection mould, which would eliminate any possible profitability. And the G.R.Y.P. Team has understood the potential of next-generation printing: new custom parts for “old” cars.
In addition, this solution guarantees the production of original assembled parts for production process problems at the time, in a single piece, today.
In addition, 3D printing makes it possible to redesign geometries, sometimes fragile due to production constraints, by means of plastic injection (constant material thickness), reinforcing them where required.
3D printing to the rescue of the classic car sector
G.R.Y.P. was looking for a new 3D printer that would provide both more accuracy and a better surface finish in the production of their automotive parts.
Because of these needs, in order to validate the choice of the Markforged machine, G.R.Y.P. had 3DZ France make a number of prototypes to test the adequacy between the technology and the need. And given the success, the Mak Two printer was confirmed as the answer to their needs and the needs of the automotive market.
And so, for example, Gauthier and Bastien brought back to life a Ford Mustang, which without the help of 3D printing would not have been able to travel the roads that took place some 40 years ago.
Markforged Mark Two: the solution to G.R.Y.P.’s needs
Thanks to Markforged technology and its Mark Two, G.R.Y.P. has been able to make the dreams of hundreds of customers who are passionate about vintage cars come true.
Moreover, Mark Two is an incredible printer, which considerably reduces the need for post-processing because the surface quality is incomparable compared to other FDM (Fused deposition modeling) machines, otherwise known as molten wire deposition modeling.
At G.R.Y.P., the printer runs on average 6 to 8 hours a day for small parts. The final parts require good strength and precision on thin parts, such as fixing pins. Indeed, the material, even without specific fibre additives, offers extremely interesting characteristics. The addition of fibre makes it possible to give comparable mechanical properties to certain alloys, while significantly reducing the weight of the parts.
The Testimony of G.R.Y.P.
“3D printing is for us an essential tool in the industry, whatever the sector. There are many additive manufacturing technologies, but in our opinion, FDM remains the most suitable technology for material and characterization issues. Additive manufacturing is still in its infancy, but tomorrow it will be present everywhere and will significantly reduce stocks. It is able to meet the ever-increasing tailor-made demand, while remaining unbeatable from a cost point of view.
These are the words of the two founders, to testify to the potential of 3D printing and Markforged.
Above all, from technological innovation to the service of the nostalgic, everything is possible at G.R.Y.P. thanks to 3D printing.