Vintage car part manufacturer GRYP relies on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to produce 3D-printed vintage automobile parts

Co-founded in 2018 by Industrial Designer Gauthier Laviron and Salesman Bastien Vanlathem—both vintage car enthusiasts—GRYP 3D produces vintage car parts via 3D printing, either from native CAD design files or 3D scans of damaged or worn out parts.

Having experienced difficulty finding replacement parts for their 1966 Renault 4 and 1974 Volkswagen Golf 1 models—or encountering very expensive replacement parts—the partners founded GRYP to take advantage of a niche in the vintage car market: affordable replacement parts produced on demand via 3D printing.

GRYP learned of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from SOLIDWORKS® reseller AvenAo, and quickly realized that the platform was more suited to its needs as a small, growing business. “We were initially interested in the compatibility of the platform with all of the leading CAD file formats, but once we looked deeper into the solutions, we realized that the platform would also help us formalize our workflows,” Laviron says. “Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the platform became critical to continuing to work on parts remotely during lockdowns.”

GRYP chose to standardize on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform—implementing the 3D Creator, Collaborative Business Innovator, and Collaborative Industry Innovator roles (each including multiple apps)—for designing and 3D printing vintage car parts. The solution can read in all major CAD file formats, saves the company money on computing hardware and design software, helps the company formalize its workflows, and allows GRYP employees to continue working remotely despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

By implementing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, GRYP has formalized its workflows, resulting in a 15 to 20 percent reduction in design cycles and cutting delivery times for 3D-printed parts in half.

Even though GRYP is using only a few roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at this point, the startup values the breadth and depth of the platform’s solutions, frequent updates, and affordable licensing arrangement—through which GRYP can purchase and access solutions just when they’re needed—for supporting its future growth plans. Although the company is focused primarily on car replacement parts, it plans to expand into production parts for small automobile and aviation customers.

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