Every year two of our employees volunteer to head the Benin Summer School, a social initiative organized by Materialise and Belgian charity Hubi & Vinciane. This year Matthias Floru and Christoph Hamacher had the honor of handing over university scholarships to Loth Chabi, Moussibaou Babatounde and Narcisse Koudjangnihoue!
Italian start-up NiRi aims to bring sports equipment to a higher level with innovative technologies such as Additive Manufacturing. One of their first projects is the creation of a new shock-absorbing bike handle grip which uses intricate texturing to give cyclists a better grip and decrease vibration in the handlebars – and as a result, give the cyclist better control over their bicycle.
The World Knowledge Forum in Seoul unites some of the brightest people in the world to discuss how to promote balanced global economic growth and prosperity in Korea. The speakers aim to reduce knowledge gaps through knowledge sharing and include - just to name some: Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State; François Hollande, President of the French Republic (2012-2017); Ban Ki-moon - Secretary-General of United Nations (2007-2016); and our very own CEO Wilfried Vancraen.
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.
Italian eyewear powerhouse Safilo is the force behind globally renowned names in eyewear, with a portfolio encompassing Dior, Fendi, Elie Saab and more. This year, Safilo partnered with us to bring 3D Printing to the avant-garde OXYDO SS 2017 collection, creating an all-new interpretation of the Italian fashion aesthetic.
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 this moment, we are preparing the launch of the next version of Materialise Magics software! Our beta program has started and a heterogeneous public of around 100 companies is testing out the new and improved features of Magics22 as we speak.
Meet Vivek Chowdary Penumarthi, Application Engineer for Materialise Software in our Malaysia office. He was selected to take part in a three-month exchange program in our Bremen office in Germany, designed to build up skills and expertise. This particular placement is focused on a topic close to the Bremen team’s heart: metal 3D printing solutions! We’ll follow Vivek as he learns about production, process engineering, design engineering, quality engineering and sales and project management.
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.