Pascale Notté June 2, 2015

Due to its huge success, our 3D printing exhibition MAKING A DIFFERENCE/A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING, curated by Marta Malé Alemany and produced by Materialise has been extended to June 23rd, 2015. This gives you 2 extra weeks to go to the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts in Brussels and explore the added value of 3D Printing.


Why should you go to this exhibition? Here are ten reasons:

  1. Explore more than 80 3D printed pieces from all over the world in one location

The exhibition features 3D-printed works covering the fields of art, design, engineering and science that were produced by renowned artists and designers, public initiatives, prestigious research institutions, as well as innovative makers and communities.

A difference in making room © Wim Gombeer

  1. Visit with a tablet to get an in-depth explanation of each project

This exhibition can be best viewed with a tablet that is distributed at the museum gift shop (“BOZAR Boutique”). The tablet gives you access to an app, which has been custom designed for the exhibition and contains additional information on all 80+ works on display.

Exhibition App © Dries De Clercq

  1. Get to see projects never before shown to the public

The topology-optimized car seat structure by Toyota Central R&D Labs is being shown to the public for the first time ever at our exhibition. This 3D-printed car seat has several environmental advantages compared to its traditionally manufactured counterparts: it requires no assembly, it is produced using less energy and material, and results in less fuel to propel the vehicle forward.

Making a difference in the environment room © Materialise

  1. Discover how 3D printing is changing people's lives

Discover how 3D Printing changed the life of 4-year-old Emma Lavelle, by allowing her to use her hands the first time in her life. This 3D-printed exoskeleton uses resistance bands to relieve the force of gravity from the arms of patients with severely limited muscle development. Wearing it makes it possible for these patients to better interact with their environment. Come and discover other projects on display that contribute to a better and healthier world.

3D-Printed Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) by Nemours, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children & Stratasys © Nemours, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children & Stratasys

  1. Feel like you're at haute couture week in Paris

Find out how haute couture fashion designer Iris Van Herpen  combines high fashion with high technology to create dresses that ran the catwalk during Haute Couture week in Paris. The Voltage Dress, for example, that was printed with precision in a fully-flexible material, aspires to animate the body in an organic way by building multiple layers of thin woven lines meant to mimic lace.

Flexible 3D printed dress by Iris Van Herpen in collaboration with Julia Koerner and Materialise for the Voltage Collection © Michel Zoeter

  1. See cutting-edge projects that could never been made with conventional manufacturing technologies

Explore how 3D Printing allow us to create items with complex geometry that have never been possible with another technology, e.g. the fractal table. Inspired by fractals, patterns that can be found in nature or studied in mathematics, the FRACTAL.MGX connects these two realms. This intricate table was 3D printed in a single piece, an achievement that would be impossible using any other manufacturing method.

Fractal.MGX byJan Wertel Gernot Oberfell with Matthias Bär © Stéphane Briolant Paris

  1. See a Van Gogh painting as detailed as the real one

See how 3D Printing can perfectly mimic Van Gogh’s brushstrokes in 3D-printed form, allowing you to have an almost-real Van Gogh at home. 3D scanning and advanced 3D color printing techniques are bringing the conservation and reproduction of art to a new level. In this Van Gogh 3D-printed reproduction, it is even possible to see colored brush strokes in three dimensions.

3D Reproduction of ‘Flower in a Blue Vase’ by Vincent Van Gogh by Technical University of Delft, 2013 © Océ Technologies BV/ Delft University of Technology

  1. Look at works from master artists were brought to life with 3D printing

Discover how a drawing from the 18 century came to life more than 200 years later. Piranesi’s 2D drawings of 3D objects date back over 245 years. While these objects have never previously existed in a physical form, they can now be digitally modeled and brought to life for the first time using 3D printing technology.

LE ARTI DI PIRANESI / Helix tripod By: FACTUM ARTE & Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus, 2010
LE ARTI DI PIRANESI / Helix tripod by A Factum Arte performance of a design of Giambattista Piranesi © Factum Arte and Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus

  1. Discover how open source can make a difference in our society

The e-NABLE community of volunteers (a worldwide movement of makers, professionals and enthusiasts) specializes in creating free 3D-printed prosthetic devices for children and adults who have wrists but no hands or fingers.

3D Mechanical Hand By: e-NABLE Community, 2012-2015
3D Mechanical Hand by: e-NABLE Community, 2012-2015 © Jen Martin Studios

  1. Check out the Bozar, one of the most prestigious exhibition centers in Europe

Designed and executed by the renowned art nouveau architect Victor Horta in the 1920s and with almost 4,000 m² of exhibition space, a splendid concert hall with 2,100 seats, a chamber music room with space for 480 people, two small theatres, three spaces newly set up for multimedia projects, and the royal cinema archive, the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts is a dynamic arts center that registers more than a million visits a year.

Bozar, Center for Fine Arts Brussels, © Bozar