Materialise and HP are exploring the possibilities of voxel technology to produce parts that have different properties on a volume-level. Together we created a voxel-printed part that visualizes the stresses that would impact a metal part. The 3D model was printed at HP’s R&D facility and sets a first example for the industry.
Beginning this year, we held a co-creation exercise where our people managers were invited to work out the focus of their development among the six leadership competencies. Team activation was one of the needs that the group identified, and we chose a beautiful day in April to have our first People Manager Team Building.
What is the current buzz in the 3D printing industry? There’s no better way to find out than by roaming around at RAPID + TCT and enjoying the atmosphere. Materialise has attended RAPID + TCT for years – in 2013 we even hosted the opening event – and we have witnessed the event shifting its focus from prototyping to manufacturing with our own eyes. We collected the hot topics of this year for you.
Materialise recently announced their partnership with Korean 3D printer manufacturer Carima. They will bundle Materialise Magics Print software for their line of Digital Light Processing printers. This flexible software allows 3D printer manufacturers to offer data preparation solutions to their customers, making it possible to repair files and prepare them for printing in a much simpler and more efficient way.
Cardiology has the distinction of being one of the earliest specializations in which patient-specific 3D anatomical models were implemented as part of treatment procedures. And although Medical 3D Printing has been used in the field for quite a few years already, much debate remains regarding which case should involve a 3D patient-specific model. It's a management decision that requires much thought and data. Until recently, literature on the use of 3D Printing in congenital heart disease (CHD) has been limited to anecdotal studies. This scientific publication has now given us more insight into the issue.
For the first time ever, surgeons at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have been able to transplant an adult kidney into a two-year-old child, using 3D Printing to achieve this complex surgery.
An Innovative Combination of the Power of Additive Manufacturing and the Integrity of Mimics Innovation Suite
Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are proposing a new concept called just-in-time, that applies to additive manufacturing (AM) prosthesis design. This particular approach adopted by the Australian research converts raw CT scan data directly into 3D printable porous calcaneal prostheses.
One of the biggest contemporary names in Design, Ross Lovegrove will be exhibiting an introspective collection of his work called “Mutations – Creations” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris this summer. Throughout his long and varied career, Ross has continuously pushed form and function with modern technologies – including 3D Printing – to produce organic, environmental designs. We interviewed him to find out about the philosophy behind his work, why we should strive towards sustainable design, and what role 3D Printing can really play in innovative design.
3D Printing is becoming progressively more accessible and is gaining momentum in several fields of medicine. From preoperative planning to developing innovative tools that enhance medical procedures, the endless possibilities in creating 3D anatomical models make the technology highly seductive in the quest to help patients.