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[3DEVO] Fontys University case study


3DEVO - Fontys university case study



Fontys is an institute with a proactive approach to education. Its polymer studies wing needed a simple, small-scale setup to provide students with hands-on training in material extrusion and recycling, without running up unnecessary costs, or wasting time and resources in the process.


One of the largest educational institutes in the Netherlands, Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers bachelors’ and masters’ programs in fields ranging from engineering and technology, to social sciences and healthcare. Future-oriented courses in polymer studies are offered at the university’s Natural Science wing, located in Eindhoven. Here, students use 3D printing to enhance polymers and develop sustainable solutions for the rapidly evolving additive manufacturing industry.

Fontys university case study

Fontys Science Wing

The Challenge

To provide effective, hands-on training to polymer studies students, Fontys needed an accessible, user-friendly device that offered more flexibility than large-scale extrusion machinery, without leading to steep learning curves for both the faculty and the students. By extension, the university was also looking to minimize the drain on its time and resources.

3DEVO - Fontys university case study

Cellulose Polymers

The Solution

The Composer 450 offered Fontys the ability to train students in the specifics of polymer development, by allowing them to extrude small batches of custom filament. The desktop filament maker could serve as an effective research tool, without leading to wastage of time or material. Using the Composer 450 filament maker would also be cheaper than relying on industrial extrusion equipment.

3DEVO - Fontys university case study

The filament maker

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