In industrial automation, speed, accuracy and precision are of the essence. Grippers used to pick and place items in the production line are a great example. The better you tailor them to the purpose they serve, the better they perform. But that's usually both time-consuming and expensive. Or isn’t it? German expert in clamping technology and gripping systems Schunk worked with Materialise to create eGrip, the world's first fully-automated design and ordering tool for 3D-Printed gripper fingers.
Steven Ma is the founder of XUBERANCE®, an internationally renowned 3D Printing design company, headquartered in Shanghai and on the way to become China’s first professional 3D Printing design brand. Besides offering a 3D design service dedicated to customized designs, the company also has a 3D Printing R&D team.
Astronomy aficionados know that the diameter and mount are important features of a telescope, but what about its appearance? At present, there is a wide array of options beyond the standard grey or black telescope. Those looking to stand out with their newest acquisition can go for a 3D-printed telescope with different textures and colors. More recently, Materialise’s design enhancement software 3-maticSTL and Stratasys’ Objet printers were employed to devise a demo part whose components are worth considering.
Imagine owning an impressive 100-meter long yacht. 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”.
General Electric recently hosted a contest to create an engine bracket and KMWE, supplier and partner for the high-tech equipment industry and aerospace, accepted the challenge. Max van der Kolk, a master’s student at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, based a project on this case from KMWE and did the research at TNO. His goal was to optimize an existing aircraft engine bracket to minimize the volume of the component and significantly reduce its weight.
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. This means that almost half of the labor and investments are squandered as well. Instead of trying to double production to compensate for the losses, 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.