Polymers, Productivity and Policy: 3D Printing Trends in 2019

Aura Farrando, Radhika Dhuru
December 11, 2018

3D printing is a slow revolution. But it is a revolution regardless, when you consider what the technology does: saving lives, enabling new business models, redefining how we design products. But none of that happened overnight. The revolutionary nature of 3D printing grew over decades, formed on a foundation of small but valuable steps. So where are today’s trends taking the industry in 2019? We checked in with experts at Materialise, including CEO Fried Vancraen, to find out.

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How 3D Printing Helped Surgeons Save 5-Year-Old Daria’s Leg

Anna Fischer
November 29, 2018

When Daria, a five-year-old German girl who loves to dance, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her right leg, the fight started to save her limb. But because this rare malignant bone tumor was so large, extending almost to the distal femur, removing it while retaining enough bone to allow her to walk normally again required complex, precision surgery. Thankfully, her surgeons had some trusted high-tech helpers to call upon.

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3 Ways Virtual Reality Can Supplement Your Medical 3D Printing Activities (And 3 Ways It Won’t)

Radhika Dhuru, An Selschotter
November 20, 2018

VR tools have taken the gaming world by storm, but an application that keenly interests Materialise is the potential of virtual reality for multidisciplinary collaboration and education. For medical training, visualization in virtual reality could serve as the perfect supplement to 3D printing. Here are three benefits VR/AR setups can bring to a hospital’s training program, and three pitfalls to watch out for.

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Improving Metal AM Quality Using Computed Tomography

Tom Craeghs
November 07, 2018

Quality is the buzzword of the moment in additive manufacturing and companies are investing heavily in digital solutions to improve it. Tom Craeghs, Research Project Manager at Materialise, explains how Materialise and Volume Graphics are working together to ensure quality production of 3D-printed metal parts by applying computed tomography to additive manufacturing.

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From Concept to Reality in 9 Days: Model Cars for Nokia Bell Labs

Stephanie Benoit
October 31, 2018

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, or MWC, is the biggest event in the mobile industry. For Nokia, 3D Printing provided the ideal solution to represent the company’s innovative spirit with a visual representation of how connected cars in a smart city of the future could look like. With just nine days to realize the entire project from start to finish, Materialise was faced with a significant challenge, but one which we were ready to meet!

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How Hospitals Can Benefit from Digital Orthopaedic Planning

An Selschotter
October 17, 2018

Preoperative planning and templating enables orthopaedic surgeons to prepare for joint replacement surgery, limit the risk of intraoperative complications, and improve patient communication. These advantages translate into direct benefits for the hospital as well, ranging from more efficient implant stock management to a significant reduction in complications and complaints. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Ross Barker (United Kingdom) explains why the hospital benefits as well when he uses Materialise OrthoView to digitally plan orthopaedic cases.

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How do you really go large with 3D Printing? An entire Mammoth skeleton!

Gertjan Brienen
October 16, 2018

Create a 3D-printed replica of an elephant-sized woolly mammoth skeleton? Even with the wide variety of challenges we’re fortunate to experience at Materialise, projects like this don’t come along every day. Project Engineer Gertjan Brienen managed the team that made this fascinating technical exercise a success. In this guest post, he tells us how it tested all our capabilities, from design engineering to our own giant Mammoth printers.

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3D Printing in Medicine Course: The Lectures You Should Not Miss

Marta Sambaer
September 27, 2018

This June, Materialise hosted a 3D Printing in Medicine Course. Tune in to this unmissable lecture series featuring firsthand surgeon insights on how different medical specializations are using 3D Printing today, from the cardiovascular field to orthopedics.

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The 3D Printing History in Three Stages and the Defining Role of Software

Stefaan Motte
September 17, 2018

Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of the software department at Materialise, looks back at the history of 3D Printing and highlights the three stages that this emerging technology has seen and how Materialise has been in the driver’s seat.

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A Day in the Life of a Materialise Medical Application Engineer

Stephanie Benoit
September 11, 2018

What’s it like to be one of our Medical Application Engineers? In fact, what does that even mean? Materialise Medical spearheads our innovations in Medical 3D Printing, which include software that allows its users to visualize the anatomy of their patients in 3D, create customized 3D-printed patient guides – and even customized 3D-printed titanium implants! Our Medical Application Engineers come in many shapes and forms, and no two days look the same for them. We took a closer look at a normal day for Xavier Mottart, an application engineer for hip and shoulder implants and oncology cases, and Ines Da Silva, team leader of the medical sales application engineering team.

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