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Pilot Project

To assess the technical and commercial feasibility of the application using large scale 3D printing, a pilot project can be conducted together with CEAD. During this project we will investigate important aspects of the application such as the design, required material, and printing strategy. Pilot projects are always customized to your needs. The project is typically ranged in between a material test or a full scale end use part.

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3 Phases

A larger Pilot Project typically consists of three phases deliberately in place to minimize the risk for both parties. Every phase ends with a Go/No go moment which allows both parties to control the project. Each phase assesses vital parts of the technical and commercial feasibility of the case. Smaller Pilot Projects are often executed in one phase.

Phase 1: Part selection, redesign and material selection

During the first phase we get together to form a better understanding of the product and the production. We review the difficulty of production, estimate the cost for a pilot project and much more!

Phase 2: Printing design elements to verify redesign and materials

Before we can start the pilot project, a further analysis is necessary. During the phase step we gain an insight in the next steps that are required in order for this project to succeed. Furthermore, we calculate the hourly costs for the machine on the basis of the input provided.

Phase 3: Printing of the part and implementing it

At this point the most important phase is able to start: the pilot project. Together we find the commercial feasibility of the product, create a proof of concept and optimize the part for 3D-printing.

Cases

Pilot Project: Large-scale 3D printed bridge

For this project, three companies joined forces to break new ground: CEAD, international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, and DSM: an international company focussing on developing game-changing scientific science across multiple societal areas.

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Robot Extruder E25: 3D printed molds with Polypropylene 30% short glass fibers

Rapid Prototyping is an Hungarian based large-format prototype manufacturing company with over 20 years of experience in the industry. With their CNC-machine, they build molds for the yacht industry, maritime industry, custom trucks manufacturers, and other related industries.

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