Your Plastic Solutions – Optimized production with the dddrop RAPID ONE

Your Plastic Solutions – Optimized production with the dddrop RAPID ONE

Who is Your Plastic Solutions?

Located in the Achterhoek, Your Plastic Solutions is a prominent player in the plastic processing industry, focusing on sustainable solutions for various sectors such as logistics, mobility, packaging and construction. As a total partner, Your Plastic Solutions offers an extensive range of manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, thermoforming and injection molding, as well as assembly and post-processing, giving customers a one-stop-shop experience.

3D Printing in the plastics industry

One of the technologies that has boosted Your Plastic Solutions’ manufacturing efficiency is the dddrop RAPID ONE 3D printer. This advanced printer allows them to produce large parts that are not feasible with smaller 3D printers, allowing them to meet their customers’ specific requirements.

“We use FDM printing because it is inexpensive and quite fast,” says Sander Feuler of Your Plastic Solutions. “With the dddrop RAPID ONE, we do not suffer from high entry costs as with traditional injection molding processes because we can produce immediately without the need for molds.”

Local partner with excellent service

Choosing dddrop as a partner was a logical step for Your Plastic Solutions because of their need for a local partner offering high-quality 3D printing solutions. During the 2.5 years of collaboration, they have experienced the benefits of dddrop’s close cooperation and excellent service. “When we started with the dddrop RAPID ONE, we did not think we would go for a second one after only 1.5 years,” notes Sander. “But that has turned out differently. What our future will hold, we don’t know yet. But if we need a third one, we will gladly come back to dddrop.”

“When we started with the dddrop RAPID ONE, we did not think we would go for a second one after only 1.5 years. If we need a third 3D printer, we will gladly come back to dddrop.”

Sander Feuler, Your Plastic Solutions

With the dddrop RAPID ONE, Your Plastic Solutions has not only increased their production capacity, but also strengthened their competitive position by quickly and cost-effectively delivering high-quality plastic products to their diverse customer base.

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Embraer: Innovation through Additive Manufacturing

Embraer: Innovation through Additive Manufacturing

Embraer: Innovation through Additive Manufacturing

Embraer, the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer, located in Gavião Peixoto in São Paulo, stands out for its disruptive innovation in additive manufacturing, using dddrop industrial 3D printers. A successful project was carried out, combining creativity and cutting edge manufacturing in composite materials through 3D printing.

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Embraer’s executive jets are varied to meet the specific and exclusive needs of customers. The interiors of these jets are carefully manufactured from composite materials and special woods. Throughout the manufacturing process, material has to be removed by using machining.
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To clean and remove debris from machining, the engineers have invented a creative solution, in which a rotational vacuum suction system was attached to the head of a robotic system. This system rotates dynamically perpendicularly towards the moving tool head. The suction unit had to be installed in a very small area and move dynamically around the Z axis, controlled by a stepper motor and a logic control unit.
Instead of opting for a traditional CNC solution, which would be costly and time consuming, the team opted for a lighter and much less time consuming solution, using the dddrop Evo Twin 3D printer and a carbon fiber nylon filament with a strength-to-weight ratio superior to steel. The result was a success.
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“For our project, the dddrop Evo Twin allowed us to use a wide variety of functional filaments ranging from wood to flexible material, soluble support material and materials with high resistance and temperature tolerance”, said José Otavio Savazzi, engineer at Embraer. “Additive manufacturing and the combination of generative design and functional composite materials play an increasingly important role in our design and manufacturing process,” he added.

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Radboudumc – Technology Used To Improve Healthcare

Radboudumc – Technology Used To Improve Healthcare

Who is Radboudumc?

Radboudumc is an academic medical center that is focused on people and their quality of life. Radboudumc specializes in patient care, scientific research, teaching and training. Their mission is to have a significant impact on health care and aim to be pioneers in shaping the healthcare of the future using personal approach and innovation. 3D printing fits very well with these ideals and is generally emerging in medicine. Radboudumc uses 3D printing for diagnostics, planning, treatment and evaluation in many different fields, such as breast reconstruction, implantology and oncology.

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3D Printing in medicine

3D printing technology is on the rise in the medical sector. More and more hospitals are acquiring 3D printers for implementation in their everyday medical practice. Imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are being used to create models based on the patient’s anatomy and aid in personalized treatment. 3D printing allows far greater possibilities due to the versatility in materials, construction of complex shapes and visualization of theoretical ideas. Radboudumc utilizes 3D printing to create personalized treatment on a daily basis.

Individualized treatment

One of the 3D printing applications at Radboudumc is the electron beam radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer [1]. A dddrop Leader Twin Machine is used to efficiently create a person-specific tissue equivalent material build-up, called a bolus: A CT scan is made and with it, a bolus is designed that ensures proper coverage of the tumor. A shell is created around the bolus and is 3D printed and filled up with silicone rubber afterwards. At last, the shell is removed and the bolus is ready for use during irradiation treatment.

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By using 3D printing, the process of creating a personalized bolus has greatly improved. It is more time and cost efficient and more patient friendly now. These characteristics are highly desirable for the vulnerable patient group that is commonly referred for radiation therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer. No plaster face cast has to be made anymore, which is extremely time consuming, and no additional CT scans are needed for adapting the cast, which results in a lower radiation dose and less hospital visits for each patient. Overall, 3D printing provides great advantages in the treatment of patients with non-melanoma skin cancer in comparison to the previously used techniques.


Radboudumc uses PLA for the printing of the shells. PLA is the preferred material, because of its low glass transition temperature, which makes it easy to remove the silicone rubber bolus from the shell. Printing with PLA has the advantage of almost no shrinking upon cooling, which ensures that geometrical integrity is maintained during printing. In addition, PLA is low cost and biodegradable which adds to the other advantages listed above.

Radboudumc and dddrop

Ever since purchasing the dddrop Leader Twin machine in 2016, Radboudumc has kept in close contact with dddrop. They continuously use the dddrop service plan to achieve optimal printing results and get their 3D printing questions answered. dddrop is very pleased to contribute to healthcare in this way and happy to provide the support team with an opportunity to dive into medical applications that improve the lives of many individuals.


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[1] Canters, R. A., Lips, I. M., Wendling, M., Kusters, M., van Zeeland, M., Gerritsen, R. M., … Verhoef, C. G. (2016). Clinical implementation of 3D printing in the construction of patient specific bolus for electron beam radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 121(1), 148–153.

VEDDAN – The New Way of Producing Sound

VEDDAN – The New Way of Producing Sound

Who is VEDDAN?

Located in the Achterhoek region of the Netherlands, VEDDAN is set out to change the way people listen to music. The company develops and manufactures speakers with patented new technologies, which they believe is the “new way of producing sound”. VEDDAN has been utilizing 3D printing since the beginning of the company as a tool to realize the speaker design, and lately for production of custom made components for the VEDDAN speakers. 

3D Printing in the Music Industry

As 3D printing becomes an accessible and popular production technique, more and more industries turn to it for developments. The music industry is no different. The company founder, Andre Kamperman, envisioned a future where he can apply different principles of acoustics and sound engineering to speaker designs, which will ultimately lead to better sounding speakers and an immersive sound experience. The new, never seen before, sound generating technique had to be visualized from scratch, so naturally the company turned to 3D printing. 3D printing allowed experimentation, design correction, and rapid production of parts. The flexibility and versatility of 3D printing makes it a revolutionary tool in any industry, and allows visionaries from any background to make a change in their respective fields.

Efficient Production

As a start up company that focuses on developing a new product, there is a great emphasis on implementing efficient and reliable production methods in the assembly line. VEDDAN uses a powerful 3D printing unit, consisting of four dddrop EVO Twin machines, that allows cost-efficient rapid production and design iteration. The VEDDAN speakers utilize 3D printing to produce significant parts of the speaker in-house, rather than outsourcing the process. This allows them to oversee the quality of the parts and make quick adjustments if change has to take place, but most importantly save time with quick delivery as shipping and handling time is eliminated. In a matter of hours after finishing the 3D model design, a part can be assembled.

“We had short print runs when starting the business. Luckily, 3D printing is very flexible. You can draw something and have it the next day, so the R&D process is accelerated.”

Andre Kamperman, VEDDAN.


Cost also plays an important role in the VEDDAN production. The VEDDAN speakers are a premium product for sound enthusiasts, so naturally it comes with a premium price tag. 3D printing allowed VEDDAN to produce high quality and reliable parts on-demand, leading to lowering the production cost of the speaker and ultimately the retail cost for the customer. Alternatively, methods such CNC milling, press, or injection molding could have been used for these applications, however, the VEDDAN team found 3D printing to be the most cost and time efficient. Pushing production costs down, and revenue margins up.


VEDDAN put a lot of thought into choosing the right materials to use for the 3D printed parts. After testing different materials, and comparing different results, the team chose to use PET-G as the primary material for internal 3D printed parts. PET-G showed some acoustic advantages over the other materials while maintaining mechanical toughness. VEDDAN took 3D printing one step forward with a clever solution to add strength, weight and sturdiness to the speaker base, which is printed in PET-G. The base is printed with minimum to no infill and liquid epoxy is poured into the print, excelling the construction qualities while maintaining the customization properties of 3D printing. Alternatively, this part would have been CNC machined which would have increased cost and delivery times, a clever solution to a common design challenge.

VEDDAN and dddrop

The dddrop team is working alongside the VEDDAN team and provides assistance and expert input, and is proud to be a part of such an outstanding project. Implementing 3D printing allows innovators to visualize and bring incredible new designs to life that have the potential to change industries, just as the VEDDAN speaker is set to change the way we listen to music.

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Berkvens Door Systems

Berkvens Door Systems

At Berkvens Door Systems, the entire production process takes place in-house: from idea to product, from research and development to production. Since the beginning of 2017, the dddrop 3D printer has been a part of this process, which has yielded unexpected benefits. Although the printer was purchased to produce parts for the end product, the Berkvens engineers are constantly discovering new applications for their dddrop 3D printer. In addition, dddrop helps them save time and expenses on prototyping and tooling.

Berkvens Door Systems is the market leader in total solutions for sustainable interior doors, door frames and sliding door systems. Innovative, progressive and always looking simplify the user experience. Upon entering the production hall of Berkvens, it is clear that the production happening at full speed. Every section has its own specification, each department contributes its piece of the puzzle to a complete the end product. From processing to coating, from attaching door fittings and locks to packaging. 


Technical Product Development Engineer Eddy Hoebergen has been responsible for the 3D printer since the acquisition of the dddrop. Searching for a 3D printer was not at top priority. The company purchased the printer to produce covers for the styles of the new Verdi frames. “The dddrop has grown into a machine that is used for all kinds of applications. Indispensable! “, Says Eddy.

Fast prototyping utilizing 3D print

Now that the printer is on the production floor, the team can experiment with new designs. Eddy and his colleagues are responsible for technical product development. When designing new products, it is important to be able to quickly translate from a screen to a tangible model. Using the dddrop 3D printer, prototypes are made at a speed that is incomparable to the outsourcing of 3D printing. Being able to produce tangible products rapidly, and optimizing the design along the way is an important process in product development. Now that this takes place entirely in-house, different design options can be tested quickly, resulting in an optimal final design.

Prototyping is just one of the phases in the production process in which the dddrop is being used. The 3D prints also support as tooling during production, in the form of drilling and milling molds. The clamps indicate where different operations must be performed on the materials. Berkvens purchased milling and drilling jigs in the past through tool makers and another part that could process MDF and aluminum. For the external production of the mold, they had to pay € 400 on average, which meant that the tooling costs could run high. A good reason to investigate whether the dddrop 3D printer could play a role in different segments of the business.

Savings in Costs and Time

Today all milling and drilling templates are 3D printed, in-house. This results in a considerable saving in time because outsourcing and delay time for delivery are no longer an issue. However, that is not the main benefit: when examining cost, a saving of more than 75 percent has been achieved. “We use around 100 molds productively. Multiply this by 400 euros and I don’t have to explain to you what kind of capital is in our closet, “Eddy says laughing. “At the moment the costs per mold, including depreciation, energy costs, and man-hours, are around 25 euros”.

What started as a test for the manufacture of cover caps has grown at Berkvens into a functional machine for prototyping, production tooling, and end products that are actually assembled in numerous doors. With 500,000 doors and frames per year, delivered completely from A to Z, Berkvens can be proud as a company. 

Faster validation thanks to 3D printing

Faster validation thanks to 3D printing

Exerion Precision Technology: faster validation thanks to 3D printing

Exerion Precision Technology started using 3D printing to be able to present a physical 3D model during their sales pitches. Now, the dddrop filament printer in their office allows the engineers to go even further, like printing bending tools for the press brake. “With these we can bend eight to ten prototypes, which is enough to validate a design,” says Robertjan Ansink, manager engineering at this manufacturer from Ulft, The Netherlands.

Exerion develops machine frames, using a smart sheet metal technology to create them from thin sheets of 0,8 to 1 mm thick. Prior to their clients saying “yes” to a design, they usually present them with a working prototype. This used to require a hefty investment in tools for the press brake, with the possible risk of having to change the design afterwards. “We now use the dddrop 3D printer to partially 3D print these tools. We print the molded part and add it to a universal steel body.” Robertjan Ansink explains. Practice shows that these FDM printed tools are strong enough to bend several products from the thin sheets. Proof enough to validate the design and present a prototype to the client. This delays the investment for the creation of an expensive bending tool to the moment when the design is validated and will require no further adjustments.

More and more applications
For Robertjan Ansink, this is a use of the dddrop 3D printer he had not anticipated. However, he notices that as the engineers become more acquainted with the filament printer, they will discover more and more applications. They also make great use of the form freedom that 3D printing offers them. Robertjan Ansink: “Sometimes we’ll need a press brake tool with an opening that’s exactly right for the punching machine. These are expensive tools, so we need to be sure beforehand that the tool will function.” 3D printing and testing of a prototype will give them this certainty. Exerion Precision Technology’s engineers have also started 3D printing parts that are inserted directly into a machine. The housing for a tool used to create threads in sheet parts and put props in is an example of this. Robertjan Ansink: “Back in the days, this would have been a cutter part. Thanks to 3D printing, we can reduce delivery time and costs of the part and integrate multiple parts in one whole, because we adapt the design to the possibilities of 3D printing.” Exerion uses these applications in their own machines, to aid in production. Because the printing of parts is a much quicker process than outsourcing the milling work, the engineers will have more time to make multiple iterations in order to get to the perfect design. “Normally, every iteration costs time and money. The dddrop 3D printer significantly reduces this.” Robertjan Ansink has noticed that this requires a new way of thinking. “It’s not a natural process that happens at the push of a button.”

The manufacturer purchased their 3D printer at the start of 2018. It’s a dddrop Leader Pro; the version with a dddrop Smart Module. This module allows the 3D printer to be operated with a smartphone or tablet, change printer settings in real-time and restart the printer once the filament roll is finished. Designs are created in SOLIDWORKS, the slicer software they use is Simplify3D. Robertjan Ansink particularly likes the ease of use of the 3D printer. “The printer is user friendly; so far we have only used the default settings for the dddrop filament and that works fine. When printing products for our own use we like to experiment, with layer thickness for example. Sometimes we’ll push the printer too far and things go wrong, like when we think we won’t need support material but we really do.” Printing speed is not an issue yet. The timesaving for the engineers who have access to their printed shapes and models right the next morning is so great already that a shorter or longer printing time is of no importance. “And if we need the parts faster, the large printing surface allows us to combine multiple products in one printing job.” Robertjan Ansink believes without a doubt that the role of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry will only increase. “Time will tell how fast this will happen. I don’t see any limits yet, only new possibilities.”

Exerion Precision Technology

Exerion Precision Technology in Ulft, The Netherlands, is a system supplier for machine frames built from sheet metal. It specializes in mostly lightweight, but also rigid frames made of thin sheet. Their clients are in the semi-conductor industries and medical industries as well as 2D printing. Exerion Precision Technology does all their engineering in Ulft, where they also create prototypes and small series. They also have a factory in the Czech Republic for the larger volumes and products that require less automation such as assembly work. The really big series, with volumes up to a thousand, are produced in Malaysia. The Dutch manufacturing company also builds the frames for the dddrop 3D printer. 

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