Chances are you’ve heard of Tomorrowland before. Perhaps you were even among the 180,000 music lovers who attended this year. As one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland is famed for its diverse lineup of DJs, its incredible fairytale-themed stages and décor, and record-breaking ticket sales. Every year they release an introduction video to warm up festivalgoers, and this year’s theme was “The Elixir of Life”. We were tasked with the creation of a unique object which would function as one of the props in the video: a magical ring!
Making the world a better and healthier place was certainly the goal Materialise had in mind when they decided to donate a grant to the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at Central University of Technology, Free State in South Africa. The grant allowed the CRPM to help some patients with life-changing interventions, and to introduce students to the benefits of using 3D printing in the medical field. One of the patients helped by the CRPM was a young woman of 32. She suffered from an ossifying fibroma tumor in her lower jaw. The surgical team decided it was necessary to immediately resect the tumor and place a custom-made laser-sintered titanium implant in the patient’s mouth.
Materialise China’s dream is to influence future perspectives of kids in remote areas through innovation. As of last year, our team has been working on the Silk Road project and, since the project kicked off in April in Xi’An, it was finally my turn to be a teacher on the Dream Bus. I got up at 4 am to leave from Shanghai to Huangzhong, a small county of 400,000 citizens, which is located in the Qinghai province of West China. I arrived and was warmly welcomed by the local education bureau, who picked me up at the airport and immediately took me for a delicious lunch where I met the Adream team and the other volunteers.
Mary Visser, Professor of Art and Brown Chair holder at the Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, is one of the pioneers of using 3D Printing in art and sculpture. Her lifelong passion for sculpture and her constant quest to enhance her artistic medium with advanced technology has made her one of the most fascinating designers in 3D Printing today – and an inspirational figure to any woman with an interest in the 3D printing industry. Read all about her thoughts on 3D Printing in our interview with her below.
30-year-old Partiban from Malaysia was an avid futsal player until he started noticing pain in his left knee throughout one year. The pain worsened until he had difficulties squatting and running; it eventually caused him to stop playing futsal. The patient was referred to Prof. Dr. Azhar M. Merican, who deduced that the underlying cause for the pain was a deformity of the patient’s left upper tibia. The deformity was due to the malunion of a fracture sustained in a motor vehicle accident when the patient was 14 years old. At the time, the fracture had been treated with a plaster cast.
B2RUN is an initiative started in Germany and companies can participate in a 6km race as a way of encouraging their employees to stay fit and healthy. Many companies do the race as a teambuilding exercise, to promote a healthy workplace, or just for fun! Our Materialise Germany office joined in the B2RUN race in Munich just a few weeks ago.
This week, Microsoft 3D Builder users were finally able to start printing their designs through our consumer 3D printing service, i.materialise. This is just the first of many Microsoft 3D printing platform applications which will allow users to print their models with i.materialise, and although we announced this collaboration for the first time in May, it’s exciting to see those plans become concrete reality! Our i.materialise team is definitely looking forward to working together with the team over at Microsoft to improve the 3D printing experience for the members of the Windows community.
Danish software engineer Sune Pedersen was left with mobility problems after an accident at a dancing event a few years ago. The experience made him wonder if there was a way to get around the city that was not only suitable for people with mobility problems, but that was also fun and innovative. Already a technology buff, he hit upon the idea of creating an electric longboard, and with some help from our consumer 3D printing service, i.materialise, was able to create a range of futuristic 3D printed longboards.
Austrian-based startup Stabylizr is the brainchild of founders Wolfgang Fallman and Miriam Boubachta. To get their project on the road, they launched a Kickstarter campaign with a crowdfunding goal of €30,000 in May 2016 and reached it in just a week! By the end of the campaign, they had raised double their original goal, and were ready to start production.