The 3Dfab+print team attended GIFA (16–20 June in Messe Düsseldorf, Germany) to personally talk to companies that are professionally active in 3D printing, 3D scanning and additive manufacturing. One of the companies we spoke to is 3Dealise, that offers a full-service concept for 3D sand casting.
3Dealise turns ideas into 3D objects through the application of 3D printing, 3D scanning, (reverse) engineering and rapid manufacturing. The company primarily produces solutions for clients in the foundry, automotive and heavy equipment industry. Asked after the advantages of the innovative technologies that are used, Roland Stapper, CEO and Co-Founder at 3Dealise responds: “3D printing is particularly well suited to produce customized products because every print can be different.”
Revolution in the casting industry
In May this year, 3Dealise launched the first independent 3D sand print centre in Europe, where it uses an enormous 3D printer to produce prints up to the size of a phone box, within 24 hours. Sand printing and engineering lifts traditional design restrictions, because vertical surfaces and internal structures are possible, leaving designers limited by nothing but their own imagination.
Sand printing is a revolutionary innovation with which large sand moulds for metal castings can be directly produced. 3D printed sand casting moulds are used for a variety of applications and in combination with several materials, like steel, cast iron, concrete and fiberglass, all customized and designed to meet specific needs.
Industrial and high-quality 3D printing is technically complex, presenting a hurdle for many organizations. 3Dealise takes this hurdle away by offering a full-service concept including 3D scanning and engineering of sand moulds. Roland Stapper: “The success of manufacturing in highly developed regions depends on the ability to go directly from a high quality computer design to a high quality and high precision prototype. We can speed up the prototype cycle, giving manufacturers a real edge.”