Vanessa Palsenbarg June 26, 2015

Since the Making a Difference / A Difference in Making exhibition opened its doors on the 24th of April, it has been the scene of fantastic celebrations (including the start of the Materialise World Conference 2015 and Materialise’s 25th Anniversary Party), of informative workshops, and has seen 15,000 people discover the added-value that 3D Printing has to offer for the lives of individuals, our society and the environment. Curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, held at the BOZAR, and realized thanks to the passion, brilliance and dedication to 3D Printing of individuals throughout the industry (and within Materialise), the exhibition was truly something to be proud of for all involved.

The extension of the exhibition until the 23rd of July allowed one last group of people to visit – and what a group it was! On the 22nd and 23rd of July, BOZAR played host to the STARTS (Science, Technology, and the ARTS) Symposium, an event that explored the catalytic role of the Arts for innovation in business, industry and society and how to foster it.

‘Making a Difference/ A Difference in Making’ at the BOZAR
‘Making a Difference/ A Difference in Making’ at the BOZAR


STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT and the symposium brought together thinkers and doers from throughout the world to discover possible synergies between a variety of fields and disciplines, from an entrepreneurial, technological, scientific, social, and artistic angle. Speaking during the keynote talks on the opening morning were Materialise’s CEO, Fried Vancraen, and a talented artist we have long enjoyed working with, Nick Ervinck. Together, they discussed the technological breakthroughs and artistic challenges facing those working with 3D Printing – closing with their visions for the future of 3D Printing and ideas on how to make those visions a reality. To close off the first day’s talks and lively discussions, a visit to the exhibition was arranged for attendees of the symposium.




For those who were unable to make it to the Making a Difference / A Difference in Making exhibition, we again invite you to discover it virtually through the video below, or our photo album on Flickr.