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Pjotr, titanium 3D printed pen

Since 1998

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3D Printed and Personalized

We have less time for developing new products than ever before. Especially in the field of consumer products we are looking for our revenues within a very short period of time. When we fail others will benefit. To operate successfully we have to cooperate, more often projectwise. The result of all this is an increasing complexity of the product and production development processes. Maybe itis time to evaluate they way we design and supply our markets.

'3D printing' or 'additive manufacturing', once known as 'rapid prototyping' and 'time-compression technologies' (TCT) have grown tremendously in recent years. Slowly more and more parts are getting 'printed'. Not just prototypes, but also parts of products being sold to consumers.


SOLide helps companies to improve their processes related to product and production development. It analyses their needs and tells them how to deal with them. The result may include conventional solutions as well as 'additive manufacturing'. 

SOLide also provides in a 3D CAD design service for transforming design proposals into complete, when needed 'printable', 3D CAD models.

Consultancy and Research

SOLide was founded in 1998 by Rein van der Mast (1969). He has been involved in many product and production development projects. Since 1996 he has some of his designs being 'printed' in 3D.  He is involved in research projects and he publishes in various Dutch and English magazines since 2000. He has initiated some successful events on '3D printing' and 'mass customization', including Rapid Manufacturing & Mass Customization in 2008, having Terry Wohlers and Prof Frank Piller as its keynote speakers. That event lead to RapidPro, a B2B event on 'additive manufacturing'. SOLide is also doing research on virtual sculpting combined with 3D printing, together with Materialise, LayerWise and Innplate.

SOLide's services include, but are not limited to:

  • Inventories
  • Analyses
  • Proposals
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project management
  • Sourcing
  • Implementation guidance
  • Application development
  • Training
  • 3D CAD Service
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (D4AM)

Mass Customization and Personalization

Consumers can not be designers by definition. However, there is a tendency towards 'mass customization' and 'personalization' in which they can define some aspects of the product they are about to buy and is about to be made. ICT and the internet are important components of it. SOLide has quite some experience there, under a different name: Duxx.

Rein van der Mast has joined the team of Additive Industries

Rein van der Mast is excited to announce that he has joined the team of Additive Industries. : 'Rein van der Mast, Manager Design & Engineering - Being one of the Dutch pioneers in 3D printing, Rein has been using additive manufacturing since 1996. He published and consulted extensively on 3D design and a broad range of applications. In recent years he did research related to metal AM, resulting in the world’s first titanium fountain pen printed in 3D. In the Additive Industries team he concentrates on supporting clients designing and engineering for additive manufacturing.'

Rein’s involvement is part-time and SOLide and Pjotr are most definitely continued. SOLide’s focus is on consumer products and customization. Pjotr builds highly exclusive pens with additive manufacturing technology.




Pjotr in Wohlers Report 2013

Pjotr (Piotr or Pyotr) is in Terry Wohlers' Wohlers Report 2013.


Spare part production by LUXeXceL

At home, in the kitchen, above the worktop, the transparent panels of the lighting armatures were cracked, which is normal after 15 years. The panels have prisms from side to side to redirect the light downwards. Replacements are not available. So I put them into VR and asked LUXeXceL to print me the panels. The result is really good.


Pjotr, highly exclusive fountain pens, digitally sculptured and 3D printed

On the home page of this website, for a long time there was a picture of a 3D printed titanium dragon head. This head, 10 mm in length, is part of something else. SOLide is proud to presents the first digitally sculpted, 3D printed, highly exclusive thematic fountain pen in the world. Also the pen case is theme related and 3D printed.



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