New Play Explores Love and Loss with a 3D-Printed Rain Machine

Stephanie Benoit
June 08, 2018

Art and technology are blended together seamlessly in Belgian theater auteur Stijn Devillé’s upcoming play, Gesprek met de Regen (or “Conversation with the Rain”). The play tells the story of a grieving couple trying to come to terms with the loss of their daughter, with the monsoon rains of Singapore as the backdrop. To bring this to life in the play, the theater company Het Nieuwstedelijk collaborated together with KU Leuven and Materialise to create a very special kind of rain machine – a complex bit of stage magic which involves 3D Printing, programming and lots of water.

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Football Mania Sweeps Materialise during Football Championships

Stephanie Benoit
June 04, 2018

On an average day, the surroundings of the Materialise headquarters are a green oasis of tranquility. But on this fateful Friday, the air in the normally quiet corridors thrummed with suppressed energy. By 5 o’clock, it was no use any more – football mania had officially taken over. It was time for the Materialise Football Tournament of 2018.

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Three Tools that Help Finding the Best Orientation for Metal AM Parts

Kirsten Van Praet
June 04, 2018

Two years. That’s about the time it takes today to learn how to successfully 3D print metal components. A period characterized by trial and error experiments, build crashes, vaporized money and time, all mixed in with the occasional correct build. To deal with the challenges that Metal 3D Printing poses, a thorough understanding of how the metal Additive Manufacturing process works is essential.

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The Radiologist 2.0. Radiologists are leading the way in medical 3D Printing.

Marta Sambaer
June 04, 2018

Radiologists understand anatomy and pathology in the CT and MR images better than any physicians; they can help better segment the anatomy required to create an STL file,” says Dr. Adnan Sheikh, Associate professor of radiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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From Superhero Mask to New Face and New Life Thanks to 3D-Printed CMF Implants

Valerie Vervueren
May 18, 2018

Imagine being called a freak all throughout your life. It’s exactly what happened to Carlos Askew. Born with hemi-facial microsomia, the 21-year-old Kiwi never fit in, no matter how hard he tried. Growing up, the youngster preferred hiding behind the mask of his favorite superheroes instead. Until consultant maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Derek Goodisson (New Zealand) used TruMatch® CMF 3D-printed patient-specific titanium implants to mitigate his facial deformity. This pioneering operation was a first in New Zealand and, more importantly, enabled Carlos to face the world anew.

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First Course in Additive Manufacturing in Medicine in Canton Ticino

Anna Fischer
May 16, 2018

The first Additive Manufacturing in Medicine course in Switzerland took place in the Italian-speaking region Canton Ticino, highlighting several aspects of 3D printing technology in patient care. The course was made possible through the collaboration of the Swiss company GTK Timek Group SA, a plastics, rubber and polymer manufacturer which opened last year a 3D Medical division, Dr. Nicola Bizzotto, an orthopedic and trauma surgeon at the private Clinic Dolomiti Sportclinic in Bolzano, Italy, and Materialise. Materialise participated in the event by introducing how hospitals can integrate image-based planning into their patient care.

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Planning a Valgus Osteotomy for a Femoral Neck Fracture Non Union

An Selschotter
April 23, 2018

Digital pre-operative planning for challenging procedures can increase the chances of a successful and more predictable outcome, as was the case for a female runner who suffered a displaced right femoral neck stress fracture that failed to heal with conservative treatment. To improve her quality of life, the orthopaedic trauma surgeon and assistant-professor of orthopaedic surgery Dr. Samir Mehta, MD used Materialise OrthoView to pre-operatively plan a valgus osteotomy for femoral neck fracture non-union.

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Anonymize Personal Data Using Materialise Mimics 21.0

Sabine Van Canegem
April 20, 2018

Through yearly updates, Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite (MIS) strives to position itself as a tool better equipped to meet today’s challenges surrounding the processing of sensitive information. With MIS 21.0, we present an entirely rewritten Anonymize tool, which offers users the option to de-identify sensitive information of data subjects according to the needs and requirements of their company or organization.

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Hitting New Heights: Run4Benin 2018 Raises More Money Than Ever

Stephanie Benoit
April 13, 2018

Every spring, we start raising funds for an initiative particularly close to our hearts: the Benin Summer School. This year, our software department challenged the company to raise the ambitious amount of 10,000€ - and even introduced some friendly competition in pitting Materialise headquarters against all our offices combined. So if we were going to be successful, it was clear that we couldn’t just stick to the traditional Run4Benin, the race we run each year to raise money for Benin.

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An Integrated and Accessible Future for 3D Printing in Hospitals

Pieter Slagmolen
April 11, 2018

3D Printing has come a long way since the inception of the technology. It has gone from being used almost uniquely for prototypes in industrial environments, to enabling the creation of highly complex, customized medical devices that help physicians provide their patients with better treatment options and a higher level of care.

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