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Since 1998

RapidPRO Innalox

3D Printed and Personalized

We have less time for developing new products than ever before. Especially in the field of consumer products we are looking for our revenues within a very short period of time. When we fail others will benefit. To operate successfully we have to cooperate, more often projectwise. The result of all this is an increasing complexity of the product and production development processes. Maybe itis time to evaluate they way we design and supply our markets.

'3D printing' or 'additive manufacturing', once known as 'rapid prototyping' and 'time-compression technologies' (TCT) have grown tremendously in recent years. Slowly more and more parts are getting 'printed'. Not just prototypes, but also parts of products being sold to consumers.


SOLide helps companies to improve their processes related to product and production development. It analyses their needs and tells them how to deal with them. The result may include conventional solutions as well as 'additive manufacturing'. 

SOLide also provides in a 3D CAD design service for transforming design proposals into complete, when needed 'printable', 3D CAD models.

Consultancy and Research

SOLide was founded in 1998 by Rein van der Mast (1969). He has been involved in many product and production development projects. Since 1996 he has some of his designs being 'printed' in 3D.  He is involved in research projects and he publishes in various Dutch and English magazines since 2000. He has initiated some successful events on '3D printing' and 'mass customization', including Rapid Manufacturing & Mass Customization in 2008, having Terry Wohlers and Prof Frank Piller as its keynote speakers. That event lead to RapidPro, a B2B event on 'additive manufacturing'. SOLide is also doing research on virtual sculpting combined with 3D printing, together with Materialise, LayerWise and Innplate.

SOLide's services include, but are not limited to:

  • Inventories
  • Analyses
  • Proposals
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project management
  • Sourcing
  • Implementation guidance
  • Application development
  • Training
  • 3D CAD Service
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (D4AM)

Mass Customization and Personalization

Consumers can not be designers by definition. However, there is a tendency towards 'mass customization' and 'personalization' in which they can define some aspects of the product they are about to buy and is about to be made. ICT and the internet are important components of it. SOLide has quite some experience there, under a different name: Duxx.