About Materialise

When Materialise was founded in 1990, our goal was to enable new uses for the extraordinary potential that 3D printing offers. Since then, we have leveraged our experience to create a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form a backbone for the 3D printing industry.

Our open and flexible platforms enable players in industries such as healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that make the world a better and healthier place.

Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise has combined the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world.

Ultimately, we empower our customers to transition towards a digital manufacturing process and to launch innovations that have the potential to forever change the faces of their industries.

And that’s what keeps us pioneering. That’s why we continue to encourage, inspire, and co-create for a better and healthier world.

“Our mission is to innovate product development that results in a better and healthier world, through our software and hardware infrastructure, and an in-depth knowledge of Additive Manufacturing.”

– Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise

The Materialise Story

The year is 1990.

In a world without internet or smartphones, a young Wilfried Vancraen recognized the extraordinary potential of a new technology he had just seen at a research facility in Germany: 3D Printing. He boldly set out to explore its full potential, creating his own company Materialise. The rest is history.

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