Press Release - 115,000 litres printed in first six months

Europe’s first independent 3D sand print centre prints 115,000 litres in first six months


In May this year, 3Dealise launched the first independent 3D sand print centre in Europe. At the opening of the Euromold trade fair, 3Dealise announces that it has printed 115,000 litres in the first six months. 3Dealise uses a giant printer for that, capable of producing prints up to the size of a phone box (maximum build volume 1800 x 1000 x 700 mm) within 24 hours.


Sand printing is a revolutionary innovation used for the direct production of large sand moulds for metal castings. For the first time in history, a casting pattern is not needed, thus eliminating an entire production step. 3D printing of casting moulds is particularly well suited to create metal prototypes and small production series.




3D printing of sand moulds enables ‘freedom of design’, because traditional design constraints such as draft angles no longer apply. A world of new possibilities is unlocked this way, and the designer’s power of imagination is the new frontier. These new possibilities are used for instance by 3Dealise clients to develop lighter products that reduce material and energy use, or to realise works of art free from constraints.

Industrial and high-quality 3D printing is technically complex, and that presents a hurdle for many organisations to get started. 3Dealise takes that hurdle away by providing a full-service concept including 3D scanning and engineering of sand moulds. This presents organisations with the freedom to benefit from the new possibilities of 3D printing without upfront investment.

3Dealise CEO Roland Stapper commented “This new technology is important for two reasons:

First, the success of manufacturing in highly developed regions depends on the ability to quickly innovate and turn ideas into prototypes and then products. By enabling clients to go directly from a high quality computer design to a high quality and high precision prototype, we can speed up the prototype cycle, which can give manufacturers in this region a real edge.

Second, there is a major trend away from mass production and towards customised products designed to meet specific needs. 3D printing is particularly well suited to produce customised products because every print can be different. Local production is crucial to this concept, because shipping time must be minimised.



Left: 3D printer at 3Dealise
Right: sand prints for a Ø1200 mm pump


Left: close up of a complex impeller casting
Right: ‘impossible’ work of art, designed by Rinus Roelofs


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