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13 08, 2018

3D print tip: How to perfectly print a thin-walled product

How to perfectly print a thin-walled product With FDM printing, a model is constructed by printing layers of filament (plastic). This filament is heated until it melts and is then guided through the nozzle of the printer. The width of the layer that is printed onto the print bed is partly determined by the size [...]

1 08, 2018

GIWO Engineering has chosen the dddrop 3D printer for prototyping

Technical drawing agency Giwo Engineering uses the dddrop 3D printer, on their website they explain why: Much is possible with 3D-printing and it’s being used in various sectors, like engineering, manufacturing, automotive and education. The technology has many advantages over conventional fabrication. This way you can make prototypes and end products simple and fast. There are no [...]

4 07, 2018

Bicycle manufacturer Batavus gratefully uses the dddrop 3D printer

The dddrop 3D printer shortens development time: “On a physical model you can see much faster where the design problems are” Digital design- and visualization software and even VR glasses can not match a physical model for Gerhard Korendijk,  mechanical engineer at Batavus. “Especially if you want to discuss a concept in a broader group.” Since [...]

5 06, 2018

Why every engineer needs a 3D printer?

In the initial phase of 3D printing, the market was divided in to 2 markets: the professional printers offer the best features, but where not affordable for many companies. The cheaper printers were unreliable and hobby-like. Alfred Uytdewilligen had the hope that these two extremes would crawl towards each other. A meeting in the middle [...]

5 06, 2018

3D print tip: How do I make sure that my print does not warp?

Especially with ABS but also with less common materials like nylon, the materials sometimes wants to deform during printing. This warping leads to unsuccessful products and sometimes even to a hard hit: the printhead clashes up against the pulled up material. Naturally you want to avoid that! Why does a product warp? A print can [...]

5 06, 2018

3D print tip: What is delamination and how do you prevent it?

We are talking about delamination in 3D printing when there is a shrinkage higher in the product, during printing. When and how fast a product shrinks depends heavily on the type of material you use while printing. PLA and PET-G are not sensitive to this, but when you use more complex, shrink-sensitive materials such as [...]

15 05, 2018

3D print tip: A sleek 3D product without strings

When your 3D printer’s head needs to reposition from one point in your model to another, the filament might ooze. The result is stringing: small strings of material appear between the printed parts. Stringing especially occurs with models that have big open spaces, but there are ways to avoid it. The right material Whether stringing [...]

9 05, 2018

3D print tip: Why don’t my printing layers merge properly?

When not all layers of your 3D print are printed correctly, this is probably due to under extrusion. Under extrusion is a complex problem that can cause missing layers or layers that are not completely printed, leading to holes in the model. Unfortunately, we cannot point out one single culprit. Under extrusion can have various [...]

23 02, 2018

3D print tip: Creating a strong infill

Creating a strong infill The infill is an important factor in your product’s strength. Therefore, it’s important to prevent the infill from being too thin or stringy with the tips underneath. Various patterns: There are several infill patterns to choose from and they each lead to different tenacities. Examples of robust infill types are grid-shaped, [...]

24 01, 2018

dddrop case study: High-precision parts with poly-carbonate

FROM DESIGN TO MANUFACTURING “Ejair offers a broad range of services, from technical design to the production of small series. We also produce scale models and prototypes. These are very useful, because you directly hold a physical product. For the production of prototypes and small series, Erik-Jan uses the dddrop 3D printer. His customers are [...]

4 12, 2017

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 [...]

27 11, 2017

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 [...]

24 11, 2017

Printing metal parts with dddrop 3D printers

Printing metal parts with dddrop The dddrop Leader PRO 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 [...]

25 08, 2017

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, [...]

30 06, 2017

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

How 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 [...]

8 06, 2017

What are the advantages of the FDM technology?

What are the advantages of the FDM technology? There are many different 3D printing techniques. The best known techniques are: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The SLS technique functions by repeatedly dosing a layer of powder on a powder bed. The form of the product is created by [...]

10 05, 2017

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 [...]

21 04, 2017

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 [...]

23 03, 2017

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 [...]

17 01, 2017

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 [...]

14 12, 2016

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. [...]

1 06, 2016

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 [...]