The 3D Printing History in Three Stages and the Defining Role of Software

Stefaan Motte
September 17, 2018

Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of the software department at Materialise, looks back at the history of 3D Printing and highlights the three stages that this emerging technology has seen and how Materialise has been in the driver’s seat.

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A Day in the Life of a Materialise Medical Application Engineer

Stephanie Benoit
September 11, 2018

What’s it like to be one of our Medical Application Engineers? In fact, what does that even mean? Materialise Medical spearheads our innovations in Medical 3D Printing, which include software that allows its users to visualize the anatomy of their patients in 3D, create customized 3D-printed patient guides – and even customized 3D-printed titanium implants! Our Medical Application Engineers come in many shapes and forms, and no two days look the same for them. We took a closer look at a normal day for Xavier Mottart, an application engineer for hip and shoulder implants and oncology cases, and Ines Da Silva, team leader of the medical sales application engineering team.

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What’s It Like to Be a Software Application Engineer at Materialise?

Stephanie Benoit
September 11, 2018

Not everything at Materialise Software is about writing code. A large part of the Software department is devoted to shaping the product and determining which features should be included, based on the feedback from the customers and the market. In this way, our software can keep making the lives of our customers easier, more cost-effective and more efficient. We interviewed two software application engineers to get an in-depth look at what the job is really like. Meet Olga Iatsenko, product application engineer for Materialise 3-matic, and Maarten Brocatus, product application engineer for Materialise e-Stage.

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A Perspective on 3DP in the UK: How the Industry Evolved in Ten Years’ Time

Luke Ambrose
September 10, 2018

As a  Sales Manager at Materialise UK, Luke Ambrose has had a front-row view of the evolution of 3D Printing in the UK over the past decade. In this guest post, Luke reflects on how the technology has changed and how UK companies are adapting their approaches towards it.

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Travel Back in Time to WWI with a Historical 3D-Printed Coastline Model

Stephanie Benoit
September 03, 2018

When walking along the Belgian coast today, you would never guess that 100 years ago it was the scene of one of the bloodiest wars in European history: World War I. Only a few traces remain – in Raversijde, you can spot bunkers peeking out from the dunes, including, if you look closely, some remaining coastal artillery. The Atlantikwall Museum in Raversijde allows visitors to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of WWI, and a new exhibition about munition in WWI will bring the coastline of 1914 even more to life. The star of the exhibition is a massive, highly detailed, 3D-printed model which is an exact replica of the coastline as it was during the war.

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5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Medical Image Segmentation Process

Sjoerd Kolk
August 28, 2018

In today’s blogpost we want to give you five quick tips to improve your segmentation process with Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite 21. After all, it’s the first and often the most important part of your workflow!

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4 Reasons to Make Taurus Your New Automotive Prototyping Material

Radhika Dhuru
August 10, 2018

Is Taurus the perfect 3D printing material for your automotive rapid prototypes? Jonas Van Eyck, Process Engineer at Materialise Manufacturing, digs into what makes an ideal tool for automotive prototyping. Here are the top 4 reasons why Taurus should be your pick for your next project, whether it’s visual prototypes or form-and-fit testing.

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How to 3D Print Multicolored Models with Formlabs SLA

Marta Sambaer
August 01, 2018

Multicolored 3D-printed anatomical models allow for an easier differentiation between tissues compared to models printed in only one color. Here is an outline of how you can achieve multicolored 3D-printed anatomical models by just using transparent resin.

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A Tale of Two Mammoths: Paleontologist Mietje Germonpré on 3D Printing a Mammoth

Stephanie Benoit
July 30, 2018

We sat down with Mietje Germonpré, a paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels who is specialized in mammals from the Ice Age, to get her insight on the Mammoth of Lier and how 3D Printing is breathing new life into its age-old remains.

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How to Reduce Data Prep Time of Metal Support Structure by 90%?

Kirsten Van Praet
July 20, 2018

As the metal AM industry grows and 3D printed components become increasingly complex, so does the need to integrate automated processes. It takes a lot of time to create support structures that anchor the part sufficiently and prevent warpage, but which are at the same time easy to remove. Especially parts with a complex geometry need to be prepared very thoroughly as each surface that lacks sufficient support may cause defects in the part or even build crashes.

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