FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht’s dresses are based on the intersection between technology and design, and explore the interaction between human beings and their personal spaces. For her Audi A4 collection, Anouk used Materialise Magics to prepare her designs for 3D printing.
Imagine having shoes that not only fit perfectly for your feet, but even for the way you move, step and run. And imagine that to find these shoes, all you had to do was walk or run on a scanner for a few moments — and then wait a few days for a 3D print of insoles adapted to the exact shape of your feet.
Simpsons fans will remember the scene in The Simpsons Movie where Homer Simpson swings through the air on a wrecking ball and absorbs the shock with his potbelly. Wait, can Homer really stop a 5,000-pound wrecking ball from destroying a house? MythBusters had to find out!
Trimble UAS, formerly known as Gatewing, started working with Materialise back when they were designing the surveying and mapping drone Gatewing X100. Four years later, the prototyping partnership has evolved into an ongoing certified additive manufacturing project.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT was looking for a real showstopper to present itself at the LASER World of Photonics 2015. The result? A set of 2-meter-tall 3D-printed letters, spelling out the word LIGHT. Behind the light print, though, lies a very heavy file and some clever design work.
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland wanted to produce a strong and light hydraulic valve with minimal risk of leakage. Since this is an impossible challenge with traditional manufacturing technology, VTT decided to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing.
At the biennial World Solar Challenge this year, where solar-powered race cars made by university students race an impressive 3,021 km across Australia, the Belgian team’s car had a whopping average speed of 90km/h. One of their secret weapons? An inventive battery structure.
AFAS, a family business specialized in software development, is planning to move into new headquarters which its owners have been designing for three years. They contacted cad2reality, experts in turning complex construction designs into scale models, for a 3D-printed maquette.
When you’re aiming to make the fastest electric car in the world, every bit of weight optimization matters: so we helped InMotion create lightweight 3D-printed Y-joints for the wishbone suspension. Thanks to our Metal Printing Factory and software, InMotion is on its way to an ambitious goal.
Materialise’s pneumatic grippers made an appearance at the EXPO MILANO 2015, giving a hand (literally) to ABB’s dual-arm robot, YuMi. With these grippers, YuMi can do much of what human hands can do in an assembly-line job, with more precision and consistency.
At the Silmo 2015 optical fair in Paris, the new 3D-printed SEIKO Xchanger sports eyewear collection won the Silmo d’Or award for excellence in optical innovation. This collaboration between Materialise, SEIKO and Hoet demonstrates yet again the added value that 3D Printing brings to eyewear.
Your feet are unique: your running shoes should be too. Materialise’s 3D Printing software and solutions are helping sporting goods giant adidas unveil the future of performance footwear with Futurecraft 3D: a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole, tailored to an individual’s foot.
Removing Helena’s tumor was complicated because of the tumor’s proximity to her knee joint. A standard procedure with a 3cm margin would have likely have required an amputation. Here’s how Dr. Gwen Sys managed to save Helena’s knee joint, with the help of 3D Printing.
Streamics and Magics, two of our leading software packages, support Avio Aero in manufacturing lightweight titanium blades for jet engine turbines: from preparing builds for the different Additive Manufacturing machines, to offering the necessary automation, control and traceability required to produce regulated aviation parts.
Luxexcel is a Netherlands-based service provider of customized 3D-printed optics and products that require the highest standards of transparency. To streamline their 3D Printing production, Luxexcel worked with Materialise to establish a fully automated online ordering process.
Toyota wanted to produce a lightweight car seat prototype with minimal volume and an optimal heat capacity. Not only was it challenging to design, but working with such a large file size was tough too. Fortunately, Toyota had Materialise’s engineering team and software expertise to work with.
Hoet Design Studio’s eyewear, says the studio, is born out of the desire to create a timeless design that is both classic and modern. What better way to do that than to take the ageless art of eyewear design and manufacturing into the dynamic, forward-looking world of 3D Printing?
Those familiar with Finnish designer Lincoln Kayiwa, founder of the KAYIWA design studio, may remember the DIPLODOCUS clothes rack. Now he presents to you the DINO clothes rack, with coat hangers that mimic a dinosaur’s bone structure, designed with some help from Magics.
World-record-holder Paula Radcliffe ran her first race in two years, in preparation for the London Marathon, thanks to RS Print’s 3D-printed dynamic custom insoles designed specifically for her anatomy and dynamic gait analysis.
Telescope aficionados looking to stand out with their newest acquisition can now go for a 3D-printed telescope with different textures and colors, thanks to Materialise software program 3-maticSTL and Stratasys’ Objet printers.
What’s the best way to enter a harbor in style? The bow of the luxury yacht KISMET is now adorned with a massive majestic jaguar, good for scaring off any maritime threats. Materialise was delighted to help make this yacht owner’s dream come true.
In more than a 100 years of automobile history, only a handful of cars hit the books as iconic models. One such model is the Mercedes 300 SL. Today, the original spirit of a 55-year-old beauty was brought back to life with 3D-printed spare parts.
Altair, a company offering technology and services for business and engineering innovation, has twenty years of experience in optimizing strength in structure and design. In the past, their users redesigned optimized models in CAD and sent them for conventional manufacturing.
With Bawsome, you can personalize glasses according to frame (both front and temples) and lens color. Not only that, but you can also write messages on the side in the color of your choice to “change your accessory into a statement”.
A Delft University graduate student wanted to use topology optimization to minimize the volume and weight of an aircraft engine bracket. However, it was taking too long to convert optimized files back to a CAD format: until he tried 3-maticSTL.
The world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been using 3D Printing since 2001 to continue the work of the great designer Antoni Gaudí. This modernist architect was not able to finish the work during his life. With the assistance of Materialise Magics software, Gaudí’s glorious magnum opus is well on its way to completion.
In terms of energy, we often see the human body as a consumer. But what if we thought about people not only as energy eaters, but also as energy generators? At Energeticon, a permanent exhibition on energy development in Alsdorf, Germany, you can actually see the human body as a mini power plant.
According to the United Nations, 45% of fruit and vegetables spoil before they reach the market, squandering almost half of the labor and investments. Instead of trying to double production, an inventive young Belgian product developer decided to tackle the root cause: storage!
Getting mugged at gunpoint is a frightening experience we all hope to avoid. Having your personal possessions taken is hard enough, but it’s nothing compared to the psychological and often even physical damage. Maria*, a young mother from Venezuela experienced just this when she was shot in the eye while being robbed.
“The moment you pick it up, life becomes art.” With this sentence Panasonic perfectly describes the concept of its Lumix GM1: extremely compact, amazing performance, wonderful style. Add some 3D printing, and it gets even better.
Finding out that you are going to have a baby may be one of the happiest days of your life. Sadly for one family in New York, the joy quickly turned to fear and uncertainty when they found out their baby would be born with a complex form of congenital heart disease.
Through the help of specialized surgical planning and guiding tools from Materialise, Koen was able to make a full recovery after suffering from a long battle with lateral compartment arthritis in his knee.