3D printing for engineers

Specialists Hasan and Roeland tell the participants about the role of a 3D printer in the engineering process and why the dddrop printer is suitable for this.
Specialists Hasan and Roeland tell the participants about the role of a 3D printer in the engineering process and why the dddrop printer is suitable for this.

Would you like to learn more about what 3D printing can mean for you as an engineer? The company dddrop designed information sessions in The Netherlands to tell engineers everything they need to know about 3D printing. Recently another ‘3D printing for engineers’ event took place and 3D fab+print  was eager to learn more about this.

How it started for dddrop
In the early years of 3D printing the market offered two options: professional printers with several features that were hardly affordable for many companies, and cheaper printers that were unreliable and not suitable for professional use. A man called Alfred Uytdewilligen hoped these two extremes would soon be combined to provide an affordable, reliable, and professional 3D printer.

When this still had not happened in 2012, he decided to make it his personal mission to create a 3D printer that would combine the best of both worlds. He founded ‘dddrop’ and developed – in close collaboration with its customers – a 3D printer that was both affordable and reliable and thus suitable for professional use.

3D printing is here to stay
In a survey that was held by ‘Made-in-Europe’ a little while ago, it became clear that over 95% of professionals in the manufacturing industry view 3D printing as a technique that is here to stay. 3D printing is seen as an opportunity to tap into new markets, to improve products, and to differentiate, to stand out from the competition.

Many companies are planning to invest in 3D print technology, but just as many also think this will be  a long term endeavour. Reason behind this: lack of knowledge, for example regarding the investment costs, about 3D print techniques, and with respect to return on investment. dddrop think this is a shame and therefore they monthly organize the information session: ‘3D printing for engineers’.

The full article will appear in the upcoming edition of 3D fab+print magazine.