“The ASBL Saulnois Innovation” is responsible for the implementation of the development plan of the Saulnois Innovation cluster: “The counter of 21st century innovators and pioneers for digital and climatic transitions… in Saulnois”.

Saulnois Innovation is a third-place for research and open innovation whose objectives are:

  • Support digital, climatic and ecological transitions;
  • Develop economic activity and the number of jobs;
  • Strengthen the social and territorial link and the added value of activities and services, products and technologies…: the search for quality as a vector of performance;
  • Develop, on a regional scale, a culture of collaborative innovation among residents, pupils and students, communities and public establishments, businesses, associations ...
  • Boost existing and emerging innovation projects;
  • Develop new products and services;
  • Boost partnerships and knowledge sharing with similar actors, competent institutions, etc.
  • Develop the skills of assets and businesses in the area;
  • Optimize access to finance.

As a member of the management committee of ASBL Saulnois Innovation, Open Edge participates in this dynamic.

The ASBL Saulnois Innovation conducts its action by relying on:

  • collaborative governance organized around a strategic orientation and governance committee and an executive steering committee;
  • 2 functional structures led by internal and shared engineering:
  • a network of collaborative innovation platforms: additive manufacturing & digital processes, agronomic & food transitions, sustainable aquaculture & percidae farms, energy transitions & biorefinery;
  • a Fab Living Lab, in network with innovation platforms and local third places, whose conduct was delegated to Open Edge on October 9, 2018 (DSP agreement awarded by the city of Dieuze, initiator and then carrier of the Saulnois Innovation cluster).

The Saulnois Fab Living Lab is an adaptation and networking of the Lorraine Fab Living Lab ® of the University of Lorraine, a long-standing partner of the Saulnois Innovation cluster and member of the executive of the ASBL Saulnois Innovation.

In the functional and contractual framework managed by the ASBL Saulnois Innovation, Open Edge makes available to stakeholders in the territory its expertise in additive manufacturing and its skills (innovation by use, management of complex project ...) by offering: training actions, state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment in delegated management, reception facilities for teleworkers and entrepreneurs in the project incubation phase.

Open Edge can also, if necessary, offer monitoring of research projects in connection with the engineering of the ASBL Saulnois Innovation and its partner organizations and in interconnection with: collaborative innovation platforms of the ASBL Saulnois Innovation, university laboratories and partner incubation structures.

Financial partners

Skills sponsorship

Our formations

Training professionals, job seekers and the general public in additive manufacturing and digital processes

Continuous training

The continuous training programs are tailor-made to meet the expectations of professionals: modules to be selected from the list below, duration to be defined according to the degree of expertise to be achieved.

Professional training

This 6-month training course prepares job seekers for additive manufacturing professions: design of parts and machines, configuration and manufacturing, production management, marketing, maintenance.

Discovery workshops

Open to the general public, schools and associations, the discovery and initiation workshops address various and varied themes to learn to tame digital and manufacturing processes.

List of modules

From idea to printed object

Definition and history of 3D printing

Large families of additive manufacturing processes

Additive manufacturing and other manufacturing processes

Current and future applications and challenges of 3D printing

Laser cutting

Digital embroidery

SLA 3D printing

CAD (3D): Tinkercad, SketchUp, OnShape, Fusion 360, Blender
  • Design rules adapted to additive manufacturing
  • Application of design rules: design of a simple object, an assembly, a mechanism, a multi-color or multi-material object
EDITING .STL FILES: Netfabb, 3D Builder, Meshmixer, Blender
  • Repair / modification of a .stl mesh
  • Combination of several .stl meshes
DIGITIZATION: 3D scanners, photogrammetry
  • Digitization principles, advantages and limitations
CAD (2D): Inkscape
  • Design of a vector image
  • Vectorization of an image

Parameterization software: PrusaSlicer, Cura, Simplify3D

Printing a simple object

Printing a complex object

Support structures management

Multi-color printing

Multi-material printing

Managing modifiers

Optimization of printing parameters (speed, quality, quantity of material deposited)

Impact of printing parameters on the mechanical strength of parts

Managing printing profiles

The control interfaces of a 3D printer: LCD Marlin, Pronterface, Octoprint

The electronic and mechanical components of a 3D printer

3D printer architectures

Calibrate your 3D printer

Maintain your 3D printer

Meaning of G-codes / M-codes

Solving Printing Problems

Print from the Palette system

Discover programming with Arduino

Realization of simple assemblies

Behavior of materials on printing

Material / machine compatibility

Define the printing parameters of a new material

Define the maximum extrusion capacity of a material on a 3D printer

Define the printing parameters of a known material on a new nozzle

Post-treatment processes (chemical, mechanical, thermal)

Datadock referenced organization

The Open Edge training center is referenced Datadock. Contact your OPCO to find out about the conditions under which our training is supported.

Please contact us for any quote request.

If you want to tackle a topic that is not in the list of modules, feel free to contact us.

Centre de formation accessible PMR

Le centre de formation Open Edge est accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

Our research participations

Participation in research projects integrating additive manufacturing and third-place approaches


Tangible and augmented interfaces for collaborative work in schools.


3D printed connected orthosis for upper limb rehabilitation in post-stroke patients.


Transfer of FabLab technologies and manufacturing approaches to industry.

Our coworking / telecommuting space

(development in progress)

Workshop / videoconference room

from 8:30 to 18:00 

  • 34 m²
  • Up to 12 people
  • Large touch screen
  • Videoconferencing system
Coworking / teleworking positions

from 8:30 to 18:00

  • Shared offices
  • Storage lockers (for the day)
  • Scanner / copier (additional cost per page)
  • High Speed ​​Internet Access
  • Note tables
  • Telephone conversation platform
Meeting room

from 8:30 to 18:00

  • 40 m²
  • Up to 12 people
  • Screen + video projector
  • Possibility of extending until 20:00 at an additional cost

Our incubation spaces

(development in progress)

Incubation spaces

7 days a week, 24 hours a day

  • Private office (locked)
  • Desk + cabinet + storage cabinet + armchair + chairs
  • Scanner / copier access (additional cost per page)
  • High Speed ​​Internet Access
  • Access to the Fab Living Lab's equipment at the rate for individuals during the slots reserved
    to professionals (compulsory reservation of equipment, subject to valid training on said equipment)

The Fab Living Lab

The Saulnois Fab Living Lab is a functional structure of the Saulnois Innovation third-place supported by the ASBL Saulnois Innovation. It interfaces with collaborative innovation platforms in the third place, major projects innovation focused around cutting-edge themes of the territory: agronomic & food transitions, additive manufacturing & digital processes, sustainable aquaculture & percidae farms, energy transitions & biorefinery, services, mobility & digital transitions.

It is an open innovation center - for which the University of Lorraine provides scientific support -, a prototyping and manufacturing laboratory, as well as a meeting place.

The Saulnois Fab Living Lab is an adaptation and networking of the Lorraine Fab Living Lab ® at the University of Lorraine.

Open innovation

through formal or informal meetings with its users and visitors, the Fab Living Lab is an innovation accelerator.

Support for territorial development 

the skills and fixed or nomadic equipment of the Fab Living Lab are at the service of any territorial development initiative.

Think ecosystem

each action carried out in or by the Fab Living Lab is considered in its ecosystem to take into account regional issues.

Learning by doing

the Fab Living Lab is not intended to provide services; it supports people in their learning to make them autonomous.

Our equipments

Measuring arm

Professional FFF 3D printers

SLA 3D printers

Laser cutter

Hours and conditions of access to the Fab Living Lab

Access to the Fab Living Lab for professionals is by reservation only. Hours are subject to change to respond to health measures related to COVID19.

Autonomous access to the equipment in the Fab Living Lab space is only possible after having completed training on said equipment.

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