Westward Bound: Phits Expands to the USA

Stephanie Benoit
September 21, 2016

RS Print recently took the leap and opened up a new office in Detroit, Michigan, for their subsidiary Phits. The result of a joint venture between Materialise and RS Scan, Phits specializes in 3D-printed, orthotic shoe insoles.

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How to Set Up a 3D Imaging Lab (part 2)

Sandrine Debecker
September 15, 2016

Dr. Peter Metherall is a registered Clinical Scientist and Chartered Engineer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. As the leader of the new Sheffield 3D Imaging Lab, he is improving the clinical utility of Advanced Visualization and Quantitative Imaging for routine clinical imaging investigations and research applications. Materialise invited him to present at the Mimics Innovation Conference, and you can take a sneak peek of his work here. This post is the second in a two-part series.

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8 Considerations when Planning for Orthopaedic Surgery

Anna Young
September 13, 2016

From x-ray-based pre-operative planning and templating software to patient-specific solutions which employ 3D technologies, orthopaedic surgeons have access to an array of software and services to assist them when planning for successful surgical outcomes.

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How to Set Up a 3D Imaging Lab (part 1)

Sandrine Debecker
September 09, 2016

Dr. Peter Metherall is a registered Clinical Scientist and Chartered Engineer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. As the Scientific Lead of the Sheffield 3D Imaging Lab, he is improving the clinical utility of Advanced Visualization and Quantitative Imaging for routine clinical imaging investigations and research applications. Materialise invited him to present at the Mimics Innovation Conference, and you can take a sneak peek of his work here.

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Fundraising for Italy with Spaghetti Amatriciana

Stephanie Benoit
September 09, 2016

The earthquake in Central Italy on the 24th of August has had devastating consequences for families and towns in the region. Our Italian colleagues were compelled to do something to help, which resulted in a spur of the moment fundraiser on wednesday. The money will go towards rebuilding the area, as a large amount of cultural heritage and family homes have been destroyed by the earthquake. Inspired by the lovely village of Amatrice – one of the places which was hit the worst – Account Manager for Materialise Italy, Alessio Esposti, decided to make Spaghetti Amatriciana for everyone at our headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

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A Toddler’s 3D-Printed Heart Model Helps Her Mother Understand the Struggle of Her Child

Marta Sambaer
September 07, 2016

It is a sad day indeed when the happy tidings of a newborn baby are followed by the diagnosis of a serious congenital heart disease. Stephanie Starks had to face this situation 2,5 years ago after giving birth to her third daughter, Jemma. Although the disease was not recognized at first, little Jemma underwent two open-heart surgeries in the following 10 days and started treatment which she would need to continue for the rest of her life. Less than three years later, Jemma is now preparing for her fourth serious surgery.

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Stimulating Young Entrepreneurs at the Benin Summer School 2016

Stephanie Benoit
September 01, 2016

Started in 2012, the Benin Summer School is one of the social initiatives started up by Materialise. Located in Papané, Benin, the idea behind the program is to select the three best students of the region – and then support these students financially throughout their university studies. The goal is to stimulate the local economy by giving its brightest young citizens the tools to build up useful businesses that last. We work together with a local NGO, Hubi and Vinciane, who helps the two volunteers from Materialise work with the students for two weeks on a project they need to develop and present in order to get selected as part of the final three. Meet Jonas and Dorina, who volunteered to teach the summer school this year.

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Ceci n’est pas un Vélo: Flam王D Combines Belgian Expertise to Create 3D-Printed Bicycle

Stephanie Benoit
August 31, 2016

3D Printing a bicycle is nothing new these days. But combining the 3D printing expertise and innovation of 13 companies and two research institutes is. That’s what Belgian organization Flam王D aimed to do when they organized a collaborative project aimed at informing and educating other companies and institutions about the benefits of Additive Manufacturing. And true to the Belgian passion for cycling, this project took the form of a 3D-printed bicycle!

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Award-Nominated Research on Shoulder Implants with X-rays

Sjoerd Kolk
August 26, 2016

The shoulder is a truly extraordinary joint, as it allows a full 180-degree range of vertical and horizontal motion. Unfortunately, the downside of this flexibility is that the more a joint can do, the more that can go wrong. The shoulder joint can wear out due to age, infection or trauma, leading to pain and a loss of function. When it comes to researching solutions to these problems, the shoulder surgeons at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) and the researchers at the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research & Education (FORE) in Tampa, Florida, lead the way as one of the most reputable shoulder research collaborations in the world.

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12,141 km from London to Bishkek: Materialise Colleagues Do the Mongol Rally for Charity

Stephanie Benoit
August 25, 2016

Materialise colleagues Joris Aerts and Petro Khaselev hatched the ambitious and slightly deranged plan to join the Mongol Rally this summer. What is the Mongol Rally? The premise is simple: participants must drive from London to Ulan Ude near the Mongolian border, and they must do so in a totally rubbish car. What’s more, each team needs to raise over £1000 for a charity of their choice – Joris and Petro donated their funds to the Materialise initiative African Drive. As part of the fundraising effort, Materialise offered to 3D print their car, which was then given to one of the generous donors as a reward.

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