One of the special characteristics of the region is getting the corporate world to work with Research. An example with the FoilAddiCT project.
FoilAddiCT - Foil Additive Composite Technologies - is one example of this type of collaborative project between research and corporate actors. It was started in 2016 and has received support from the Brittany region as part of a call for projects*.
Headed by Avel Robotics (formerly Absolute Composites), the project also involves SEAir and the University of Bretagne Sud (Compositic). The goal is to design prototypes and produce foils for racing and cruising yachts, using the innovative and automated processes of additive manufacturing.
With the FoilAddict project, the partners involved aim to work on the manufacturing processes and their combination, to validate their technical and economic feasibility to produce prototypes or mass-produced foils.
Since 2018, this collaborative project has enabled the launch of series boats equipped with robots-made foil. ■
The FoilAddiCT project meets the EMC2 Technological Challenge to “Produce Better”: Innovation in product industrialisation and manufacture”, particularly concerning the aspects of “Automation of industrial systems and processes” and “Innovation in materials and processes”.