3D Printing is a revolutionary technology, capable of transforming entire industries and challenging our traditional manufacturing processes. Development of new materials, better and faster machines and increased automation provide new impulses to the 3D printing industry and lead to continued innovation. This has helped to position 3D Printing not just as a prototyping technology but as a relevant alternative and complementary manufacturing technology for final products. As a result, we are seeing increased adoption of 3D Printing among industrial manufacturing companies. Leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industry turn to 3D Printing as they recognize the design optimizations it creates in existing vertical applications and the potential to create new and significant business opportunities in new markets.
On an average day, the surroundings of the Materialise headquarters are a green oasis of tranquility. But on this fateful Friday, the air in the normally quiet corridors thrummed with suppressed energy. By 5 o’clock, it was no use any more – football mania had officially taken over. It was time for the Materialise Football Tournament of 2018.
Every spring, we start raising funds for an initiative particularly close to our hearts: the Benin Summer School. This year, our software department challenged the company to raise the ambitious amount of 10,000€ - and even introduced some friendly competition in pitting Materialise headquarters against all our offices combined. So if we were going to be successful, it was clear that we couldn’t just stick to the traditional Run4Benin, the race we run each year to raise money for Benin.
It’s been hard to miss the excitement across the world about Marvel’s latest superhero movie, Black Panther. Head Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter’s luscious costume design has taken center stage. In order to bring her otherworldly blends between traditional African designs and the futuristic elements of the highly developed Wakanda civilisation to life, Carter approached Julia Koerner to collaborate on cutting-edge wearables for Queen Ramonda. Julia Koerner is an inter-disciplinary designer, experienced in architecture, industrial and fashion design, and specialized in 3D-printed wearables.
Initially used a symbol of peaceful resistance against the Polish communist regime during the ‘80s, the gnome, or krasnal, has grown to become the symbol of the city of Wrocław. In fact, there are currently over 300 gnomes dotted around the city and it’s a popular tourist pastime to spot as many as possible. Poland celebrated its 100 years of independence this year – and Mr. Waldemar Plusa, together with the city of Wrocław, decided to commemorate the occasion by using their symbol in a very special way.
2017 has been an exciting year for the 3D printing industry, with plenty of new players appearing on the scene, as well as countless new collaborations and innovations. In such a dynamic industry, we would love to be able to simply peer into a crystal ball to see what the future will bring. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball at Materialise, but we do have many industry experts and visionaries and we’ve asked them to share their predictions for the 3D printing industry in 2018. We’ve bundled their input for you in a list of five trends we anticipate for 2018.
The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to look back at the past year to see what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. It was really tough to narrow down our favorite blog posts to just 10 – we’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in so many collaborations, technological innovations and inspirational stories – and we want to share the cream of the crop with you. Read on to discover our favorite stories of 2017!
Materialise has always been actively researching and learning what it takes to sustain peak performance and a healthy, happy workforce; which not only promises higher productivity, less turnover, and a more resilient work culture - it upholds our mission statement of contributing to a better and healthier world as well!
Nick Ervinck is no stranger to 3D Printing. He’s been using the technology to create his fantastical sculptures for years, blending the digital with the traditional. His latest 3D creation is NESURAK, which featured as part of his GNI-RI exhibition at the AXIOM Art & Science Gallery Lab in Tokyo.
Bednet is an organization which enables children with long-term or chronic illnesses to follow classes from the comfort of their own home. The patient’s friends and classmates can see them on a screen at the back of the class, and they can follow the lesson as if they were physically present. We donated 3D-printed parts for the Bednet mobile unit, which was nominated for the prestigious Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award last year!