A ANEEB teve oportunidade de entrevistar um dos responsáveis pela BQ – Eloy Martinez, que esteve presente e foi entrevistado na Cerimónia de Apresentação da ANEEB a 2 fevereiro 2018.
[Entrevistador 1] – Natália Alves
[Entrevistador 2] – Ana Freire
[Entrevistado] – Eloy Martinez
[Entrevistador 1] – BQ it’s a very big technological company, but your expansion to the 3D printers is relatively recent, right?
[Entrevistado] – We actually started 3 years ago. BQ started selling machines from another company, but after that BQ started to produce and manufacture their one printers in Mamblona. We also manufacture the filament in the North of Spain, therefore our printers are 100% Spanish. The research and the development it’s made in Madrid.
[Entrevistador 1] – Why did the company want to expand from cell phones and tablets to 3D printers?
[Entrevistado] – The new logo it’s intimately related with this vision. The mentality of the owners of the company, which are engineers, changed and their goal was to get technology and technological environment closer to the people, and they aim to do that with something (3D printers) with what you could do anything and to show how easy it is to create technology and to use it. With the printers you can create robots, you can customise the robot or the engines, and also souvenirs … That’s the reason why the logo means the five fingerprints.
[Entrevistador 1] – What does your technology has to offer or what improvements can be made in the health field?
[Entrevistado] – The main application, the traditional one, it’s to use medical 3D imaging (like MRI) and to print it, in order to study the patient condition in the pre-operatory. For instance, the doctor can print a bone with a tumour or a fracture and with this kind of technology it’s able to see what he is going to find at the surgery. The orthodontics sector, also use it a lot they started with different techniques, once they printed in resin.
There are other companies working with some new medical application with human skin.
[Entrevistador 1] – I read in your website and in the news, that you are starting to make splints, with 3D printing. What are the advantages of this technique compared to conventional plaster?
[Entrevistado] – Fix it, from Malaga, is doing it, yes. The 3D printed splints are much better than conventional ones, on one hand, because they are printed specifically for the patient. In the other hand it won’t fully cover the limb, once that it is shaped to it with hot water (60ºC) and you also can take a shower with it.
[Entrevistador 1] – What’s the importance of the flexible filaments that you had shown us, in the medical field?
[Entrevistado] – For example, when a doctor is planning a knee surgery, or elbow, it is possible for him to print not only the bones with PLA, but also the ligaments with the flexible filaments (FilaFlex), in order to simulate the natural movement of the articulation. It is also possible to print organs, like the heart and have the real feel of it.
[Entrevistador 1] – How close are we to printing real bone, cartilage, tissue, in order to replace prosthetics with them?
[Entrevistado] – Making prosthetics is easy and everyone can print it, however bioprinting (ears and nose) might have patent issues as well as ethical problems, though there is this company, Renovo which is making liver tissue.
[Entrevistador 1] – In your opinion, technological we are there or not?
[Entrevistado] – There is still some job to do, making real living tissue is hard and evolves lot of money.
[Entrevistador 1] – Do you consider hard to put 3D printers in the Hospital, or did you felt resistance from the doctors?
[Entrevistado] – Actually no, and every hospital that has them is happy with it, once that gives them pre-operatory advantages. It also gives them the possibility to print a babies face from ultrasounds, for instance.
[Entrevistador 1] – What do you for see for the 3D printing market in the future years?
[Entrevistado] – Traditional printers have only one extruder, they can print one type of material at the time, and nowadays we are developing two extruders printers, where is possible to print PLA and FilaFlex at the same time and combine them.
[Entrevistador 2] – What about the printing time, can you print faster?
[Entrevistado] – Actually its very difficult with this technology, it is like a pudding, which needs his setting time.
[Entrevistador 1] – What are the main challenges that are affecting this industry?
[Entrevistado] – One of the main obstacles is the time, because what you do with 3D printing you can do you other technologies (like injection), tough this technology is much more cheaper in one piece production.
[Entrevistador 2] – Do you want to add anything else?
[Entrevistado] – With the new machine the, Witbox Go, what we did was exactly to accomplish the goal of the owners, we brought technology to the people. Before these only professionals would use it, but with this machine, which is Wi-Fi connected and easy to use, anybody can have it. With Witbox Go it’s possible to print everything, from toys for your kid, bicycle support or gifts for the family.
[Entrevistador 1] – Do you think that people will start to have 3D printers in their homes in a near future?
[Entrevistado] – Of course, for instance we have a designer for clothes, and it’s possibly for you to print a jacket through the night. The only company capable to ruin Zara is 3D printing.