Excelcar is an industrial FabLab/ an open innovation platform founded in 2015 by the automotive cluster iD4CAR, industrial companies, laboratories and technical centers. Excelcar’s first goal is to accelerate time to market of product-process innovations in the automotive industry. To do this, the platform provides real estate resources (+ 2000m2), equipment (+ 3.2M€) and human resources (8 FTE). Today, Excelcar has allowed the launch and realisation of 40 projects.
Excelcar is connected to the FabLab communities on its territories, especially through cooperation with the FrenchTech makers’ community. It is connected with startup and DIY through cooperative projects funded at national and regional level. Excelcar is closely linked with the automotive manufacturing and robotics industry, which are founding members of Excelcar.
EXCELCAR and iPRODUCE
Excelcar is involved in the iPRODUCE’s Social Manufacturing Experimentation in France. The goal is to support entrepreneurs in the development of mobility products and to digitalise training on conception and prototyping activities. Thus, Excelcar has built a network of actors of different natures and with multiple skills, in order to structure a service offer to support a project from the idea to the industrialization stage. They:
- Support the development of entrepreneurial projects of mobility products in a collaborative mode;
- Share methodologies and tools dedicated to collaborative manufacturing among stakeholders;
- Train companies, entrepreneurs, and makers in the use of prototyping means. We are also involved in the digitalization of training.