Nedcam manufactures 3D shapes using digital milling, digital polystyrene cutting, concrete molding and, recently, 3D scanning and printing. These services originated as an offshoot of the Marine Research Institute Netherlands, and Nedcam continues to work on marine applications for its technologies. The company has expanded into wind energy, transportation, construction and infrastructure, architecture and art.

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Erwin van Maaren, Nedcam Director (r): “Nedcam originated as a spin-off from MARIN (Marine Research Institute Netherlands) and therefore has a great affinity with yacht building. Over the years we have translated that knowledge of materials and techniques into other markets and vice versa. With an open mind for new combinations of materials and techniques, Nedcam has become the link between design and reality for many industries.”

Jan Volker, Nedcam Director: “Nedcam excels in providing total solutions for the realization of 3D shapes, from engineering, material selection and tooling to special transport. We do as much as possible in-house, and if needed, in collaboration with our preferred suppliers. Our output comprises of 3D milled products, models, prototypes and production moulds for a wide range of customers in yacht building, architecture, infrastructure, automotive, wind energy and art & design.

Thanks to innovative, lightweight materials such as EPS Hotspray, composites and seamless pastes with a high degree of finishing (high gloss), limitations to size and shape are decreasing while tolerances are becoming increasingly accurate. We offer our clients maximum freedom to create.”

Nedcam was recently able to make 3D models from fully recyclable and recycled thermoplastics using this AM Flexbot 3D printer. It is the first step towards the long-term sustainable development and production of larger models, plugs and moulds for international yacht building, the wind-energy industry, architects, construction and infrastructure sectors. This initiative puts Nedcam and leading partners in the composites industry at the forefront of innovation in the composite industry.

Circularly produced models, plugs and moulds
Currently plugs and moulds are milled from wood, EPS (polystyrene foam), laminate, epoxy paste or glass-fibre reinforced composites (thermosets) and steel. The produced plugs are single use only and moulds can also only be used for one product or run. Then they end up as waste. At Nedcam alone, this leads to 70 tonnes of waste per year. A situation clearly requiring a sustainable solution.

3D printing with thermoplastics offers that solution. Models, plugs and moulds are printed using recyclable or recycled thermoplastics and after use these can be processed into granulate that in turn serves as raw material for new thermoplastics. It is Nedcam’s mission as market leader in plugs, moulds and shaping technology, to replace the current production technology with this technology and in so doing making the entire product chain circular, from raw material, product design to end product, with 100% recyclable and/or biobased materials.

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