Here is a quick introduction to the origins of Filaflex from Recreus3D, by non other that our friend and partner, Ignacio Garcia (Founder and CEO, Recreus3D)
"All begins in 2010, I bought my first 3D printer (Rapman), after several months of testing with different kind of Filament (ABS, PLA, NYLON), we realized that the world of FDM 3D PRINTERS had a limitation and that was the materials. There weren´t elastic materials to print a Shoes!! OMG.
As a start-up started in the garage of my parents, with the help of my father (Pepe) we built our first Filament extruder machine and we got cracking!. We focus on the creation of the first elastic filament FDM 3D printer (FILAFLEX). For more than two years of testing in our garage and after an investment of time and money, which incidentally took from my savings, I contacted with laboratories, we tested raw materials, additives etc, conducted endless filament test as both types of extruders and hotends.
EUREKA !!! We were able to create FILAFLEX a filament made from a TPE based polyurethane with additives which facilitate the printing process.
In 2013 I decided to quit my job and spend all my time and money in creating RECREUS company dedicated to the manufacture of filaments for 3d printers.
In September 2013 recreus.com born and launched our product by the design of the first printed functional shoes at a low cost 3D printer (600 €). This event made us go around the world and be published in many technological Blogs, so sales increased!
During the last two years things have gone very fast, now we are not in the garage of my house we have moved to 400m2 factory. During 2014 my sister Sara joined the team formed by my father and me. And now we can say we are a Familiar technological company!
We are currently exporting to over 60 countries and everything is growing.
Our current goal is the creation of new filaments that do not exist in the market expanding in this way the possibilities for designed parts, and secondly, expansion and manufacturing process automation, in order to invest in human talent, which is what truly marks the difference in the race of innovation.
Our philosophy comes from open source and therefore we must return to the community our progress, for this reason Recreus share 3d designs of all models such as: (extruders, hotends, 3d models etc) because we believe that everything will move forward more quickly and easily we improve this amazing technology.