How RapidFit Is Mastering the Automotive Tooling Value Chain

Radhika Dhuru
February 19, 2019

This month, Materialise was awarded the label of ‘Factory of the Future 4.0’. So what does the Factory of the Future look like for automotive tooling? At RapidFit, managing director Filip Dehing says the Factory of the Future will be built on two key principles: mastering the complete value chain, and doing so digitally. In service of this vision, RapidFit’s latest addition to their high-tech workshop is a large-format 5-axis CNC milling machine, large enough for even cubing projects — quality inspection tools the size of an entire car — combined with Siemens NX CAM software.

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A Day in the Life of a Materialise Quality Engineer

Aura Farrando
February 14, 2019

How do you turn a quality policy from an abstract notion into a living, breathing reality? That’s where our quality management team comes in. Meet Eddy Couvreur, learn about his work as a Quality Engineer, and hear the inspiring story of how he started working at Materialise.

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Want to Become a ‘Factory of the Future 4.0’? Don’t Go It Alone

Radhika Dhuru
February 12, 2019

The industrial landscape is going digital. By 2020, PwC expects as many as 64% of manufacturing factories to use connected sensors, and expects the number of factories using 3D printing to double. And 2020 isn’t all that far off any longer. So where are we today? For Materialise, the emergence of Factories of the Future is not a phenomenon we’re waiting for. It’s a vision we’re realizing today. And last week, we were proud to be awarded the ‘Factory of the Future Label 4.0’ by Agoria and Sirris, after a rigorous selection procedure. But we’re not going the distance alone. Read on to discover why you can’t be a Factory of the Future in a vacuum.

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Trendspotter 2019: Keep an Eye on Hospitals 3D Printing at the Point-of-Care

Todd Pietila
January 29, 2019

2018 was a big year for Point-of-Care 3D printing, with thousands of patients helped and major milestones achieved. We expect this trend to continue in 2019, further increasing access to 3D printing for clinicians and enabling more patients to benefit.

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The Running Bug Bites Materialise

Aura Farrando
January 23, 2019

It’s Monday noon, lunchtime for most of the employees working at Materialise headquarters, but Lies, event manager, is going for a run. And she is not alone! While the smell of international cuisine and sound of conversations fill up the cafeterias, a group of Materialise colleagues heads to the locker rooms to prepare for lunch run.

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“3D printing is our ‘weapon of choice’ for rare and complex medical cases”

Elizabeth Boorman
January 21, 2019

Deakin University in Australia has become the go-to place for local hospitals to discover solutions for their most complex cases and get a glimpse of what a hospital of the future could look like. Leading the front at Deakin’s School of Engineering is Dr. Mazher Iqbal Mohammed, who is working to come up with everything from clinical solutions like tailor-made ear prostheses to science fiction-like technology such as a mask that can minimize radiation dosages in radiotherapy treatments. He says the thing to look out for next is automating the process to make so-called “just-in-time solutions” and to add other technologies into the mix – from sensors and electronics to AI and machine learning.

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Cause for Celebration: 3D Printed Sculptures of Disney’s Mickey Mouse

Jana Obermueller
January 14, 2019

To commemorate the iconic mouse’s 90th birthday in style, Disney reached out to Materialise to create three 3D-printed sculptures of Mickey. These statues were then featured in events marking the big birthday in a pop-up venue in Brussels, Belgium, and included collaborations with artists who used the 3D-printed statues as blank canvases, allowing them to reinterpret and play on the character’s emblematic look.

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Why Materialise Is On Board

Aura Farrando
January 10, 2019

Sustainability is more than a word for Materialise, it’s a pledge. Our mission to make the world a better and healthier place has been the defining factor of our company from the beginning, and it’s led us everywhere from Medical 3D Printing to social entrepreneurship support.

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Top 10 3D Printing Blog Posts of 2018

Aura Farrando
December 20, 2018

From medicine to cinema, architecture to automotive, 3D printing has made its presence felt in hugely diverse fields. We collected our best 3D printing blog stories of the year so you can say goodbye to 2018 with some inspiration on what additive manufacturing can do for the world.

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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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