We always love working on projects with students – the energy and fresh ideas they bring to the table make these sorts of projects extremely rewarding! One such project was the MARCH II, a student initiative from the Technical University of Delft which aims to create an exoskeleton for paraplegics that would allow the wearer to walk unaided.
Bednet is an organization which enables children with long-term or chronic illnesses to follow classes from the comfort of their own home. The patient’s friends and classmates can see them on a screen at the back of the class, and they can follow the lesson as if they were physically present. We donated 3D-printed parts for the Bednet mobile unit, which was nominated for the prestigious Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award last year!
Italian start-up NiRi aims to bring sports equipment to a higher level with innovative technologies such as Additive Manufacturing. One of their first projects is the creation of a new shock-absorbing bike handle grip which uses intricate texturing to give cyclists a better grip and decrease vibration in the handlebars – and as a result, give the cyclist better control over their bicycle.
Dutch company Vanderlande handles logistics automation, making processes in warehouses more efficient and streamlined. Imagine the warehouse of the future, with rows upon rows of crates that seem to know exactly where they’re going. When multinational supermarket chain Albert Heijn was looking for a new, automated layout for its main distribution center, Vanderlande stepped in to provide it. Materialise 3D-printed their highly complex automated distribution center with a scale model, so that they could clearly show their clients what the new system offered.
The automotive industry is an early adopter of 3D printing technology, initially benefitting from Rapid Prototyping to finalize new car concepts. SL Corporation is an automotive parts manufacturer based in Korea, who was able to cut their lead-times significantly and reduce costs by incorporating 3D Printing into their production.
Jeremy Burnich is an artist who just can’t get enough of 3D Printing. One of his latest creations was this magnificent steampunk Apple watch cover in copper, printed by our consumer 3D printing service i.materialise!
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.
Benjamin Hubert of design agency Layer is the creative force behind the GO Wheelchair, the world’s first 3D printed consumer wheelchair. It’s being launched this week at Clerkenwell Design Week in London as part of an exhibition of Layer’s most recent work. Whilst the project is still at the concept stage right now, it has the potential to drastically alter the daily life of wheelchair users. We talked to Benjamin to find out what drove him to create this project, and why he turned to 3D Printing for the job!
When Primo came to Materialise they had already identified 3D Printing as the ideal manufacturing method for the first 650 runs of the Cubetto Playset. What they went on to discover was the value you can realise when a product is designed specifically for 3D Printing. A tangible programming interface that teaches children programming logic without the need for literacy, the Cubetto Playset consists of a programming interface, a set of instruction blocks and board, and the star of the show, a robot called ‘Cubetto’. Comprised of natural materials and electronics, Primo had selected Additive Manufacturing to produce eleven parts including the programming blocks and components that would be used to construct the Cubetto robot.
When French TV program M6 Turbo – a long-running show dedicated to the latest news in the automotive world – wanted to showcase PEUGEOT’s new FRACTAL concept car with 3D-printed interiors, they needed to show their viewers some visuals of how these parts were made and what 3D Printing actually looks like. So they decided to come over, and we were happy to show M6 Turbo around the 3D Printing production floor at Materialise HQ: Europe’s largest single-site factory for Additive Manufacturing. Take a look!