SME : Intelligence playing with flexible materials


Design office
Inflatable engineering
Textile engineering
Product design
High-frequency welding
Flexible structures
Technical textiles

Your Innovation partner

CIR (Research tax credits)
Watertight projects
Supple projects
Flexible projects
Projets flexibles
Resistant projects
Mechanical projects
Compressible projects


All issues related to flexible materials
Medical sector
Construction sector
Energy sector
Automotive sector
Aviation sector
Military sector
Textile industry
Sports sector
Industrial sector

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Your partner in Innovation

You talk to him about a challenge, a problem, his eyes sparkle, his neurons weave a new web, and with you, Benjamin Degasne will tick the “Innovation” box.

A graduate of ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles), Benjamin is also a graduate of DTU (Technical University of Denmark), where he studied the history of technology, nanotechnologies and lab-on-chip technologies.

During the first 15 years of his career, he worked for 5 years as a textile engineer specialising in technical textiles for companies such as Le Coq sportif, Damart and Hutchinson. He then spent 10 years in the automotive and aviation sectors (Peugeot Citroën, Air France, Airbus) as an expert in lightweight, inflatable and flexible structures.

Building on his experience, in 2016 Benjamin Degasne developed Soft Materials Engineering (SME), a design office specialising in innovative inflatable solutions. Soft Materials Enginnering has CIR (Research Tax Credit) certification and carries out processes and prototyping in-house.

Soft Materials Engineering currently employs around ten people to help you with your inflatable and technical textile innovation projects.

The many applications of inflatables and technical textiles

Inflatables are a process that Benjamin Degasne describes as almost “miraculous”, given the wide range of applications and limitless creativity. For greater efficiency, Soft Materials Enginnering focuses its expertise on inflatables, and more specifically on high-frequency welding, to support you in your waterproof, flexible, tough, mechanical or compressible projects.

For innovations in technical textiles, pattern-making and protyping are carried out with high-quality specialist partners.

The sectors of application are numerous, from anti-drowning T-shirts to inflatable bicycle helmets, from airbags to protect the neck of the femur to flexible protective armour for women’s combat, not forgetting the lightening of industrial structures and many other confidential innovations in sectors as varied as the medical, construction, energy, automotive, aviation and military sectors.

Are you looking for a solution related to flexible materials, whatever the field? Meet Benjamin Degasne (SME), expert engineer specialising in inflatables and technical textiles, to find the solution.