Nine landmarks 3D printed: De Achterhoek in 3D, a big success!

Exhibition: Achterhoek in 3D! Almost a year ago, an enthusiastic group of volunteers started an ambitious project: printing the Achterhoek in 3D. After a public voting phase, nine landmarks were chosen for production. The 3D print group used SOLIDWORKS to draw the buildings, after which they were printed with a dddrop 3D printer. Meanwhile, the project is finished and the prints of the buildings are shown in the Stadsmuseum in Doetinchem.           The process “We underestimated the drawing work” project employee Eefje Ernst says. “It was quite a lot of work, because the drawings need to be solid to print them [...]

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Carbon fiber parts with dddrop 3D printers

3D Printing strong Carbon-fiber parts with dddrop 3D printers At the dddrop 3D printer laboratory the range of printing materials is expanding continuously. The PETG+Carbon material gives our users new possibilities printing high strength parts for applications that demand more than just plastics. The Carbon fibers are really improving the, already quite tough, PETG material specs to new heights. The material is not only strong but also can endure rough (outside weather) conditions. For example: It can be used to print custom clutch levers for top-level motorsports. Just imagine what you can make, using a dddrop Leader PRO and PETG + Carbon material!

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Is it possible to print with metal?

Printing metal parts At dddrop we continue to develop. So we are also exploring the possibilities for metal printing. The dddrop EVO Twin allows you to print full Stainless Steel parts at very competitive prices. dddrop developed parts, like special nozzles, to durable print the metal parts. Parts are 3D printed with a special metal filament: BASF Ultrafuse 316LX. After the 3D printing stage, the de-binding and sintering process is almost equal to the MIM (Metal Injection Moulding) pocess. The end result is a true and high quality Stainless Steel 316L part. Are you interested in metal printing? Please let us know, we would like [...]

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3D print tip: How do I keep my nozzle running smooth?

How do I keep my nozzle running smooth? Sometimes the filament does neatly get transported into your printer, but it doesn’t flow from your nozzle. It piles up in the print head. Why does this happen? And of course: how can you prevent this? Piling up in the nozzle When the nozzle is obstructed, the melted material cannot exit the nozzle. It will then fill up with melted filament. The obstruction can occur due to the burning of dirt or filament, especially with a small nozzle. The burning of dirt can happen in a dirty environment, like a workplace where wood, stone or dust [...]

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3D print tip: How to increase your 3D printing speed

5 ways to increase your 3D printing speed Fast prototyping is possible with a 3D printer. However, sometimes a higher 3D printing speed is preferred. Our helpdesk often receive the question whether it is possible to increase the 3D printing speed. This is possible, but it may affect the quality of the 3D print. In this blog, you will find 5 ways to increase your 3D printing speed, but also the effects that it can have on the final product. 1. Customize default 3D printing speed The most common way is to adjust the print speed in the settings of your slicing software. You [...]

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ICER: a 2m² 3D printed patron St. George

ICER: a 2m² 3D printed patron St. George 3D printing allows the creation of unique designs. As you may have seen before in the video Eric Huls [DUTCH] of Innovation Center ICER started a remarkable project: printing a two square meter model of patron St. George. After successfully printing a smaller prototype, now the real work begins… Challenges Eric is now building part for part a patron of St. George that is entirely 3D printed. Many aspects come into play: building volume, strength, finishing and weather conditions. All this needs to be taken into account during the building process. Building a 2m² that is fully [...]

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Te Kulve makes beautiful bronzes by use of the dddrop 3D printer!

Te Kulve makes beautiful bronzes by use of the dddrop 3D printer! The craft of bronze casting is more than a thousand years old. Over the years, new techniques have been developed that make the work much easier. But how can you as an artist use modern techniques without losing the authentic craft? Artist Jan te Kulve has an answer to this. Te Kulve makes bronze sculptures and masters the old craftsmanship to perfection. Yet, since a year Te Kulve makes use of the modern 3D printing technology to make his work more efficient. “Thanks to the dddrop 3D printer, I can deliver truly [...]

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3DG-Project enters new markets with the dddrop 3D printer!

3DG-Project enters new markets with the dddrop 3D printer! Anyone who has once bought a house in Belgium, is probably aware of the EPB certificate. This certificate is the same as the Dutch Energy Label and is required when selling a house. The company 3DG-Project BVBA is specialized in issuing these EPB certificates. In the past, they made the EPB with 2D drawings of i.a. the insulation. Since three years 3DG uses 3D mockups instead of drawings. With the purchase of the dddrop 3D printer, 3DG also started making 3D mockups for the sale of newly constructed houses. "Compared with its competitors, dddrop delivers the [...]

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What are the advantages of a larger print volume?

3D printing is becoming more and more popular and nowadays many companies use 3D printing to create products. It gives companies the possibility to build prototypes and end-user parts easily and save a lot of time, as they’re not dependent on a third party. Another benefit is the possibility to make quick adjustments to the prototype. When 3D printing is used professionally, a larger print volume is often desired. But what are the actual advantages of having a larger print volume? 3D print of an impeller – Impulse BV. Printing the 3D model in one piece. Firstly, a larger volume gives the ability to print [...]

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3D printing with rubber: is it possible?

Can you print with rubber? The answer is simple: no. Rubber is a kind of gummy material that’s hot-pressed into a mold in which it will cool down and vulcanize. When rubber vulcanizes, it becomes solid and holds its shape. However, rubber will never become fluid again after vulcanizing. When re-heating rubber, it will burn. For 3D printing you require a material that becomes fluid controllably. This is not possible with rubber, so rubber isn’t suitable for printing. What is possible? Synthetic materials such as Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE’S) are good substitutes for rubber. TPE’s are suitable for printing. TPU filament is such TPE, it [...]

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dddrop 3D printers: A good story getting better!

A story on the SolidWorks website, about IF-Adamas and the dddrop 3D printer. The dddrop 3D printer is able to print the complex models that other 3D printers simply cannot do...

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3D print tip: How-To? Control the right Nozzle – bed distance

With many different printing materials it can be challenging to find the right distance for the print-nozzle towards the glass bed-surface. We are now implementing a standard setting for most different materials PLA, ABS en PET-G. Where ABS needs a pretty small distance, PET-G needs more space. The perfect distance is also somewhat depending on your layer hight. Enough variations to give you a headache... A good way to deal with this is level the bed with a single paper or feeler gauge, the bed needs to be warm when leveling. Then play with the setting: "Printer Settings" > "Z offset" in Slic3r. (See picture). [...]

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