European Commission Interview: “Additive Manufacturing Has Great Potential to Bring Better Jobs, More Jobs and Growth to Europe”

Kirsten Van Praet
August 11, 2017

How does 3D Printing affect the number of manufacturing jobs and what is the impact of the technology on our society? Jürgen Tiedje, head of Digital Grow at the European Commission, shares the European Commission’s view on these topics.

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Japan’s Metal 3D Printing Pioneer Reduces Casting Lead Time by 90%

Kirsten Van Praet
July 24, 2017

Koiwai offers casting services for automobile companies and was one of the first companies to take full advantage of 3D Printing in Japan. Having invested in Metal 3D Printing since 2013, the company is a leading force of innovation in Japan’s metal manufacturing industry. How did they transform their casting process? How do they deal with the challenges of mass producing metal parts? And where do they see the real value of 3D Printing?

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Tips and Tricks for Metal 3D Printing: Recoaters

Kirsten Van Praet
July 21, 2017

In order to successfully print metal components, it is important to properly understand the process. One of the factors that influences quality is the recoater. What kind of recoaters exist and what potential issues are related to them? And more importantly: how can you prevent or fix these problems from the data preparation step?

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Baby Born with Brain outside His Skull Saved by Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital

Stephanie Benoit
July 20, 2017

Thanks to Medical 3D Printing, surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States have treated a young baby with an encephalocele: a rare disorder where part of the fetus’s brain starts growing outside its head in the womb.

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5 Reasons to Use 3D Printing for Your Jewelry Business

Kirsten Van Praet
July 20, 2017

Why would you produce jewelry using 3D printing technology, instead of creating it traditionally? Here are five reasons that convinced jewelry giants like Titan to start using 3D Printing in their business.

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Phits Wearer Wins Legendary Lanzarote Iron Man Triathlon and Challenge Roth

Stephanie Benoit
July 19, 2017

One of the most famous and grueling triathlons in the world, the Ironman in Lanzarote consists of a 3,86 km swim, a 180,25 km bicycle ride and a marathon (42,20 km). Another legendary triathlon is the Challenge Roth, which takes place in Germany every year. Belgian triathlete Bart Aernouts won both the Lanzarote Ironman and the Challenge Roth of 2017 – and he did it with his 3D-printed Phits insoles.

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5 Easy Ways to Remove Metal Support Structures

Kirsten Van Praet
July 18, 2017

Applying a minimal amount of support is a matter of taking into account your design and part orientation. When support structures are still required, advanced 3D printing software offers you a wide range of support types that are ideal for the geometry of your part.

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Hospitals and 3D Labs: Why, How – and What Now?

Marta Sambaer
July 18, 2017

Dr. Philipp Brantner is a radiologist at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. In April, he presented his case study, "Hospitals and 3D labs. Why, how and what now?" at the 2017 Materialise World Summit in Brussels. His inspiring talk centered on his experience in deploying and running an in-hospital 3D printing lab at the Basel University Hospital together with his team. He shared fresh and useful perspectives on implementing a new workflow, its successful outcome, and how to keep the lab sustainable.

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Innovative aMace Technology for Complex Pelvic Tumor Resection and Reconstruction

Anna Fischer
July 13, 2017

New, 3D-printed hip implants have made five bone cancer patients, two clinical teams and Materialise, very happy. Together with the orthopaedic departments of the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland and the Righospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, Materialise participated in a study to reconstruct periacetabular defects caused by tumors. Dr. Krieg and his colleagues shared their findings in the medical magazine, Leading Opinions.

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Materialise and Renishaw Host Metal AM Seminar in India

Kirsten Van Praet
July 12, 2017

What can 3D printing technology bring to India? Materialise and Renishaw answered this question during their ‘Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing’ seminar in Pune, India, at Renishaw’s AM Solutions Centre. For this seminar, more than 40 people from different industries - aerospace, automotive, engineering, medical, oil and gas etc. - gathered from all over India.

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