I’ve arrived safe and sound in Detroit, Motor City, Michigan. But what I hear tonight was not the rev of an engine, but rather the sound of 3D-printed cars passing through slots on a race track. Yes, I came to see the Slot Car Championship at RAPID 2014.
The sunny Friday afternoon of June 6th was the perfect setting for a casual gathering of our 3D Printing fans! Since i.materalise is an online 3D printing service provider, we don’t get to see our customers, 3D Printing enthusiasts, makers and designers in person everyday; that is why we’re particularly excited every time we host a meet-up. Feeling your passion for 3D Printing is definitely what motivates us to achieve excellence in our service. A big thank you goes out to all the attendees who visited our headquarters!
What do you do when you love your work and have a Friday afternoon off? Right, you invite the class of your 10-year-old son and explain 3D Printing to them. Momentarily, they are learning all about topics under the theme “building”, so the timing was perfect.
3D Printing metal has so many possible applications that it is difficult to keep up with the growing field. I’ve previously written a blog entry about titanium medical implants, but other applications include components for the automotive and aerospace industries, designer goods, and the list goes on…
On Tuesday May 20th, I had the opportunity to accompany two colleagues from our headquarters to the 3D Printing Seminar in Coventry, UK, hosted by our colleagues from the Materialise UK office. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the event, but what I learned in the end was that the system manufacturers want to focus on what is possible today. I put an emphasis on today because there is a lot of speculation of what 3D Printing may bring in the future, say for example 20 years down the line, but this seminar really focused on what is now possible with 3D Printing.
One of the worst ways to spend a vacation is in an emergency room. Especially after surviving a 35-foot fall, breaking all four limbs and, worst of all, shattering your face. This is exactly what happened to 27-year old Jon Fenton when he was vacationing in Barcelona and fell face first off of his four-story high hotel balcony.
What’s the next “step” in 3D Printing? You don’t have to be a 3D Printing fanatic to see that tailored 3D printed products have become more common as the cost has diminished and the software has advanced. This environment has enabled our latest endeavor, RSPrint, which we founded together with RSscan (RS stands for Runner Service). Together, some of us at Materialise have worked with Jempi Wilssens, founder of RSscan, and his colleagues to develop 3D printed insoles, based on dynamic measurement footscans and customized to support your distinct gait.