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 3D Printing Solutions since 1996

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In the 80s, 3D Printing was commercialized, accompanied by some interesting promises. The new set of related technologies was considered to be 'rapid' and even capable of 'compressing time'. However, the output was not always as hoped for. Even today, there are limitations that turn it into something complementary at best. Nothing more... and nothing less!

If applied well, the significance of 3D printing cannot be contradicted. Typical benefits are in its potential to create very complex geometries in days instead of weeks. 3D printing, also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, saves time and money, limits business risks, allows for new business concepts etc. There is also the absence of design-specific, time-consuming, costly tools, like molds and dies. Thus, one can create large numbers of parts, none of which are completely identical to the others.

Many of today's 3D printing concepts result in something hybrid, partly 3D printed, partly made by 'conventional' technologies, such as milling and injection molding. So it's not easy to see where the potential of 3D printing lies. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience to get it right.

Plus, there's more to it than just replacing a single machine by a 3D printer. The entire production chain has to be involved, such as design, purchasing, marketing and sales. And certification of the 3D-printed alternative can prove problematic.

Again, there is significant potential, but getting there is not easy. It requires a lot of knowledge and experience, something Rein van der Mast has to offer.

 

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