Trendspotter 2019: Keep an Eye on Hospitals 3D Printing at the Point-of-Care

Todd Pietila
January 29, 2019

2018 was a big year for Point-of-Care 3D printing, with thousands of patients helped and major milestones achieved. We expect this trend to continue in 2019, further increasing access to 3D printing for clinicians and enabling more patients to benefit.

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The Running Bug Bites Materialise

Aura Farrando
January 23, 2019

It’s Monday noon, lunchtime for most of the employees working at Materialise headquarters, but Lies, event manager, is going for a run. And she is not alone! While the smell of international cuisine and sound of conversations fill up the cafeterias, a group of Materialise colleagues heads to the locker rooms to prepare for lunch run.

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“3D printing is our ‘weapon of choice’ for rare and complex medical cases”

Elizabeth Boorman
January 21, 2019

Deakin University in Australia has become the go-to place for local hospitals to discover solutions for their most complex cases and get a glimpse of what a hospital of the future could look like. Leading the front at Deakin’s School of Engineering is Dr. Mazher Iqbal Mohammed, who is working to come up with everything from clinical solutions like tailor-made ear prostheses to science fiction-like technology such as a mask that can minimize radiation dosages in radiotherapy treatments. He says the thing to look out for next is automating the process to make so-called “just-in-time solutions” and to add other technologies into the mix – from sensors and electronics to AI and machine learning.

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Cause for Celebration: 3D Printed Sculptures of Disney’s Mickey Mouse

Jana Obermueller
January 14, 2019

To commemorate the iconic mouse’s 90th birthday in style, Disney reached out to Materialise to create three 3D-printed sculptures of Mickey. These statues were then featured in events marking the big birthday in a pop-up venue in Brussels, Belgium, and included collaborations with artists who used the 3D-printed statues as blank canvases, allowing them to reinterpret and play on the character’s emblematic look.

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Why Materialise Is On Board

Aura Farrando
January 10, 2019

Sustainability is more than a word for Materialise, it’s a pledge. Our mission to make the world a better and healthier place has been the defining factor of our company from the beginning, and it’s led us everywhere from Medical 3D Printing to social entrepreneurship support.

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Top 10 3D Printing Blog Posts of 2018

Aura Farrando
December 20, 2018

From medicine to cinema, architecture to automotive, 3D printing has made its presence felt in hugely diverse fields. We collected our best 3D printing blog stories of the year so you can say goodbye to 2018 with some inspiration on what additive manufacturing can do for the world.

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Polymers, Productivity and Policy: 3D Printing Trends in 2019

Aura Farrando, Radhika Dhuru
December 11, 2018

3D printing is a slow revolution. But it is a revolution regardless, when you consider what the technology does: saving lives, enabling new business models, redefining how we design products. But none of that happened overnight. The revolutionary nature of 3D printing grew over decades, formed on a foundation of small but valuable steps. So where are today’s trends taking the industry in 2019? We checked in with experts at Materialise, including CEO Fried Vancraen, to find out.

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How 3D Printing Helped Surgeons Save 5-Year-Old Daria’s Leg

Anna Fischer
November 29, 2018

When Daria, a five-year-old German girl who loves to dance, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her right leg, the fight started to save her limb. But because this rare malignant bone tumor was so large, extending almost to the distal femur, removing it while retaining enough bone to allow her to walk normally again required complex, precision surgery. Thankfully, her surgeons had some trusted high-tech helpers to call upon.

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3 Ways Virtual Reality Can Supplement Your Medical 3D Printing Activities (And 3 Ways It Won’t)

Radhika Dhuru, An Selschotter
November 20, 2018

VR tools have taken the gaming world by storm, but an application that keenly interests Materialise is the potential of virtual reality for multidisciplinary collaboration and education. For medical training, visualization in virtual reality could serve as the perfect supplement to 3D printing. Here are three benefits VR/AR setups can bring to a hospital’s training program, and three pitfalls to watch out for.

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Improving Metal AM Quality Using Computed Tomography

Tom Craeghs
November 07, 2018

Quality is the buzzword of the moment in additive manufacturing and companies are investing heavily in digital solutions to improve it. Tom Craeghs, Research Project Manager at Materialise, explains how Materialise and Volume Graphics are working together to ensure quality production of 3D-printed metal parts by applying computed tomography to additive manufacturing.

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