Realize, one of the largest service providers of 3D-printed parts in the Midwest, USA, helps engineers, project managers, company owners and designers make high-quality prototypes with a fast turnaround so they can evaluate their product designs. Materialise software helps them get the job done and maintain the level of service expected by their customers.
Whereas we bring 3D print software to market, Siemens PLM offers product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software. At formnext, the exhibition in Frankfurt that reunites Additive Manufacturing companies from around the globe, Siemens used demo sessions to show visitors what a collaboration between Materialise and Siemens could mean to the AM industry.
It’s been busier than ever at Materialise this year, and we’re proud to have worked on so many amazing projects! We’ve also gone through quite a few changes – from an entire rebranding to a new website, we’re feeling fresh and ready for a new year. Let’s take a look at the five most popular blog posts of 2016!
Nuova Società Piemontese Automobili, or Nuova SPA, draws on a proud history of Italian automotive manufacturing. Founded in 1906, SPA produced classic Italian automobiles right up until 1949. The contemporary Nuova SPA is a continuation of this legacy with its unique creations that blend luxury and innovation together. Curious about what that looks like? Meet Bicicletto, an e-bike designed with the esthetics of a vintage motorbike. We helped reduce the weight of the bike, as well as production costs, with the inclusion of 3D-printed parts.
American multinational GE was a co-exhibitor at the Materialise booth at Formnext this year. Their 3D-printed fuel nozzle has become a famous example of the huge impact of 3D Printing. In the past, the nozzle was made up of 20 different parts that were then painstakingly brazed and welded together. Now it is printed in one piece, 25% lighter and five times stronger. With the Materialise backbone of software solutions, GE was able to increase the production of the fuel nozzle in an efficient and controlled way.
One of the most classic gifts you can give someone has to be a bottle of wine. And almost always, we tend to neglect the wrapping paper or box it comes in. But what if the box could be part of the gift and become a design or art object? Frank Bulens, founder of ARTdiVIN, felt that “One of mankind’s most cherished creations deserves a work of art to present it. The wine cases that we develop are designed to catch the diner’s eye, while also functioning as a unique design piece for your interior. ” Frank has been working together with us since the prototyping stage to manufacture his beautiful 3D-printed wine cases – let’s take a closer look.
2016 has been an exciting year for Materialise Malaysia. We hosted a number of events for 3D printing enthusiasts, and one of the most impactful of these has been the Hackathon. Our first public Hackathon was held in February with great success, which motivated us to host another one in the same year – making this our third Hackathon!
Roughly 500 years ago, Andreas Vesalius was born in Brussels to a family of court physicians. During his lifetime, he revolutionized the field of anatomy, disproving theories that had gone uncontested for the past 1,300 years. We printed out a 3D model of a brain in homage to the enduring genius of Vesalius.
This year, our office in Japan opened a brand-new medical 3D printing facility in order to provide our customers in Japan with localized service for patient-specific surgical guides and anatomical models for orthopaedic and cranio-maxillofacial surgeries. But what does it take to set up a new production facility for highly regulated medical devices? We talked to our colleagues at the Japan office to find out.