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.
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.
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!
We’ve all heard it before: sitting is the new smoking. And unfortunately, most desk jobs involve a lot of sitting down. So starting this summer, our HR department decided to launch a new initiative called “Health and Wellbeing at the Workplace”. One of the first activities on the program was participating in the Ekiden Run – a yearly relay marathon organized in Brussels for companies.
Last weekend it was time for a celebration close to the hearts of everyone at Materialise. Not only did we open our brand-new fourth building – we held a big party to celebrate it! Read all about Family Day in this blog post.
At Materialise, we’re always looking for new ways to make our mission statement a reality. So in the interest of creating a better and healthier world, we joined Car-Free Day! From 16-22 September, the “Week van de Mobiliteit” or, Mobility Week, takes place in Belgium. It’s an entire week filled with events and initiatives aimed at encouraging environmentally friendly travel – and we’re proud to say we took part.
To those in the 3D printing industry, Wilfried Vancraen is a familiar name. More than 27 years ago, Fried saw his first 3D printer ever – and it made such an impression on him that he and his wife Hilde ended up starting his very own company called Materialise, pooling all their savings together to acquire just one Stereolithography printer. Materialise has come a long way since then, and on the 27th of September, Fried had the honor of being inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame along with four other industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the development and innovation of 3D Printing. In this blog post we take a look at Fried’s journey from young engineer to respected industry pioneer.
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.