Leuven, Belgium – May 23, 2018. Materialise, through a partnership with RSPrint, has entered into an agreement with HP to scale an end-to-end 3D solution to design and manufacture fully customized 3D-printed insoles. FitStation powered by HP will integrate Materialise software for 3D design automation, print preparation and production management. This alliance offers footwear brands the opportunity to express their unique brand proposition by allowing them to produce truly individualized products on-demand.
Leuven, Belgium – 17 April, 2018. RapidFit, a tool manufacturer and subsidiary of the 3D printing specialist Materialise, is launching a new innovation in its tried-and-tested modular system for automotive tooling. The innovative combination of carbon fiber beams and individual 3D-printed elements makes it possible to produce jigs and inspection fixtures that are up to 90 percent lighter than conventionally produced tools. The decreased weight makes it possible for a single person to operate and move the fixtures without using heavy equipment.
Leuven, Belgium – April 9, 2018. Materialise is now producing the first 3D-printed parts to be placed in the cabins of Airbus’s commercial aircraft, where they will be visible to passengers: spacer panels located alongside the overhead storage compartments. The panels are Airbus’ first cabin parts with full bionic design certification, a successful result of Airbus’ ongoing efforts to optimize part weight. Compared with the original design, intended for conventional production methods, the 3D-printed panels are 15% lighter.
The vision of Industry 4.0 depends on the creation of fully digital supply chains and automated manufacturing. For the 3D Printing industry to take a front-and-center role in Industry 4.0, the industry needs to build cohesive relations within its ecosystem to realize an uninterrupted value chain. Materialise, as a leading global provider of 3D printing software and services, is committed to realize this vision of full-value chain solutions in Additive Manufacturing through its software platforms, strategic partnerships and Certified Additive Manufacturing expertise.
At the Materialise headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, the new building will not only increase production space, but will provide an additional 5,500 m² of office space for the company’s expanding workforce, allowing Materialise to continue investing in its people, and continue to empower meaningful 3D printing applications. New co-creation and partner rooms will also enable Materialise to continue building strong partnerships with customers across industries. The building will be inaugurated by Louis Tobback, the mayor of Leuven, in an evening event which will include tours around the new building.