Increased Efficiency and Less Invasive Surgery with Patient-Specific Knee Guides

Marta Sambaer
June 27, 2018

Picture this. It’s morning. A patient walks in a clinic, experiencing knee pain at every step. That same day, the same patient walks home, without the pain from before. The patient just had a total knee replacement operation.

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Three Top Strategies for the Easy Removal of Metal Support

Kirsten Van Praet
June 26, 2018

In cases where support structures have to be removed manually, easy support removal and smart support placement technology can significantly reduce finishing time. In this metal blog post, we explain three strategies for easy removal of metal support.

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Why Preoperative 3D Planning Tools Will Replace Conventional Imaging Tools

Valerie Vervueren
June 20, 2018

Orthopaedica Belgica hosted orthopedics experts and 600+ participants at their yearly event in Brussels not so long ago. It featured an entire morning session on pre-operative templating in total shoulder arthroplasty. Here are highlights from presentations that were focused on 3D planning and patient-specific implants

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Three Big Benefits Provided by Optimal Metal Supports

Kirsten Van Praet
June 19, 2018

In this metal blog post, we explain how you can achieve good process stability. This is related to conducting heat, reducing stress and avoiding a build crash.

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From Design to Prototype in 24 Hours: Lemon Companies on Why They Choose Materialise NextDay

Stephanie Benoit
June 19, 2018

When you’re running a start-up, speed is often a key part in providing your customers with a good experience. Not only does it give you a competitive advantage, it enables you to react quickly to customer demands and get to the best version of the product together. We interviewed Filip Smet, the CEO of Lemon Companies to get his unique insight on why 3D Printing – and speedy deliveries – are so crucial for Lemon’s projects.

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New Play Explores Love and Loss with a 3D-Printed Rain Machine

Stephanie Benoit
June 08, 2018

Art and technology are blended together seamlessly in Belgian theater auteur Stijn Devillé’s upcoming play, Gesprek met de Regen (or “Conversation with the Rain”). The play tells the story of a grieving couple trying to come to terms with the loss of their daughter, with the monsoon rains of Singapore as the backdrop. To bring this to life in the play, the theater company Het Nieuwstedelijk collaborated together with KU Leuven and Materialise to create a very special kind of rain machine – a complex bit of stage magic which involves 3D Printing, programming and lots of water.

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Football Mania Sweeps Materialise during Football Championships

Stephanie Benoit
June 04, 2018

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.

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Three Tools that Help Find the Best Orientation for Metal AM Parts

Kirsten Van Praet
June 04, 2018

Two years. That’s about the time it takes today to learn how to successfully 3D print metal components. A period characterized by trial and error experiments, build crashes, vaporized money and time, all mixed in with the occasional correct build. To deal with the challenges that Metal 3D Printing poses, a thorough understanding of how the metal Additive Manufacturing process works is essential.

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The Radiologist 2.0. Radiologists are leading the way in medical 3D Printing.

Marta Sambaer
June 04, 2018

Radiologists understand anatomy and pathology in the CT and MR images better than any physicians; they can help better segment the anatomy required to create an STL file,” says Dr. Adnan Sheikh, Associate professor of radiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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From Superhero Mask to New Face and New Life Thanks to 3D-Printed CMF Implants

Valerie Vervueren
May 18, 2018

Imagine being called a freak all throughout your life. It’s exactly what happened to Carlos Askew. Born with hemi-facial microsomia, the 21-year-old Kiwi never fit in, no matter how hard he tried. Growing up, the youngster preferred hiding behind the mask of his favorite superheroes instead. Until consultant maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Derek Goodisson (New Zealand) used TruMatch® CMF 3D-printed patient-specific titanium implants to mitigate his facial deformity. This pioneering operation was a first in New Zealand and, more importantly, enabled Carlos to face the world anew.

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