First of all, thank you to all of those who attended the Materialise World Conference, which took place from the 18th to the 20th of April 2012, in Leuven, Belgium. We hope that you all enjoyed your time at the conference and found ideas and inspiration for future projects using Additive Manufacturing.
For those who were unable to attend, here are some of the conference highlights.
A Speech from the President of the European Council ‘Herman Van Rompuy’
During his speech, President Van Rompuy focused on the challenges facing the EU and the opportunities that are present for growth, using Materialise as an example. In addition, he discussed ageing societies and innovation, highlighting the importance of values for the members of the EU.
The Fashion Show
As the world’s first fashion show dedicated entirely to 3D printed designs, the Materialise World Conference fashion show did not disappoint. Attendees were dazzled by designs from renowned names like Elvis Pompilio, Niccolo Casas, Daniel Widrig, as well as the 20 finalists for the “Hat’s Off to 3D Printing” contest, including the winning entry from Mark Bloomfield.
A Tour of Materialise’s Headquarters
During the conference, attendees were treated to a tour of Materialise’s expanding facilities, including the newly finished “Building C”. Decorated with .MGX by Materialise products, the newest building showcases how 3D Printing can be used to dress a building, just as the fashion show showed that it can be used to dress an individual. Included in the tour was Materialise’s new “Co-Creation Room”, a space that will be used to inspire out-of-the-box thinking in the creation of new products. During the conference, this room was host to the world’s first commercial chocolate 3D printer.
Stayed Tuned for More
Be sure to check our website over the coming weeks for more stories and information from the Materialise World Conference. We hope that you enjoyed the 2012 edition of our conference and look forward to seeing you again in 2014.