Stephanie Benoit October 10, 2017

Last weekend it was time for a celebration close to the hearts of everyone at Materialise. Not only did we open our brand-new fourth building – we held a big party to celebrate it! On Thursday we held an official inauguration, and on Saturday, everyone working at Materialise headquarters was invited to bring their families for some food, fun and tours around the new building. There were even bouncy castles and go karts for the kids! And by kids we definitely don’t mean the adults.

Party tents outside the building

Besides bouncy castles and food trucks, visitors were also able to attend tours around our production facilities and the new building. For our employees, it was a great opportunity to show their families what they were working on and what they helped to create on a daily basis – and for the families, it was the perfect chance to understand what “all that 3D printing stuff” was actually about!

Walking through RapidFit production
Meeting Freddie, the 3D-printed skeleton

The tour went through our production facilities, displaying the most prominent technologies we use (Laser Sintering, Stereolithography, FDM, Metal Sintering and Multi Jet Fusion). Finally, visitors entered the cafeteria of our new building to discover a display from each of our different business units, as well as some of our cases and co-created projects.

Of course, our new building is more than just a good reason to throw a party. At 9000m², the new building will have ample space for both increased production capacity and Materialise’s expanding workforce. Some of the new spaces will include co-creation and partner rooms, allowing us to continue building strong partnerships across the diverse industries we are active in. We have to admit that it was getting a little crowded in the old buildings – and the new building will provide us with plenty of space to grow.

One of the food trucks at Family Day
Trying out a bicycle-powered blender
Feeling the need for speed on the race track
Time for some cotton candy!

Our CEO noted how far the company had come from its humble beginnings:

“It makes me incredibly proud to see the continued growth and development of Materialise. From just a small room at the KU Leuven 27 years ago to two new buildings in this year, we’ll be able to meet increasing demands and further our position in the industry.”

Two little tigers attend Family Day

We also recently opened a new production facility at our office in Poland. Read all about it here!