Global awareness of the benefits of 3D Printing has been growing steadily over the past years. In Asia, the technology is not as widespread compared to the United States or Europe - but that looks likely to change soon, with India heading the vanguard on the adoption of the technology in particular. The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is among the first hospitals in India to set up their own 3D printing lab, and will hopefully inspire surrounding countries to adopt the technology.
You may have read about last year’s Silk Road initiative, where our Chinese office took a “Dream Bus” around the west of China to inspire and educate young children in remote areas about 3D Printing. This year, the saga continues as the Long March – the Dream Bus will start in Jinzhai and make its way to Dingxi across the south of China.
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.