Elizabeth Boorman July 3, 2014

Since 2000 in the dynamic port city of Yokohama, you can find the Materialise Japan team hard at work serving their customers with software for Additive Manufacturing and biomedical engineering, and in the past year supporting people with their i.materialise designs.

 

Here’s the entrance to Materialise’s Japan office, where the Nippon Export Award stands. In 2011, Materialise Japan won the prestigious award which rewards a company that made significant achievements in exporting to Japan, importing into Japan or distributing within Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg products and services.
Here’s the entrance to Materialise’s Japan office, where the Nippon Export Award stands. In 2011, Materialise Japan won the prestigious award which rewards a company that made significant achievements in exporting to Japan, importing into Japan or distributing within Japan, Belgian-Luxembourg products and services.

 

I am pleased to report that the Japanese office had quite a successful past week: from exhibiting at some of their favorite events to celebrating i.materialise’s first anniversary in Japan, they had a great week all around. Here is a brief recap of what they were up to from June 25th to July 2nd. I’ll begin on Wednesday, June 25th at DMS, the largest IT solution exhibition for manufacturing industries in Japan.

Just as Rapid is the most important event for Materialise US, DMS is the most important event of the year for the Japanese office’s software division. Since the office prides itself on their superb customer service, when they go to these shows they talk with visitors to find out their exact needs and then offer feasible solutions. Offering tailored solutions can even be found in the way Materialise approaches developing software such as Streamics, which through its modular approach makes it possible to adapt to all a variety of 3D Printing companies of all sizes. Also, since the Japanese market focuses so much on long-term solutions, our customers appreciate Materialise’s high-quality software products.

 

Materialise Japan software team’s booth at DMS
Materialise Japan software team’s booth at DMS

 

Last Saturday the team had a visitor from headquarters to speak at the International CARS (Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery) Conference. Sebastian De Boodt, Global Business Developer for Mimics, presented his paper “Postoperative 3D analysis based on X-ray images”. This technology, which is part of the new X-ray Module in Mimics®, allows biomedical engineers to accurately measure the 3D position of implants postoperatively without a high cost and high radiation dose (like the dose required for a CT scan), providing crucial information to improve patient-specific medical devices.

On Monday, we hosted a seminar at the Belgian Embassy for medical companies in Japan to discuss the current status and future of orthopedic devices in Japan. Materialise was thankful that Ambassador Luc Liebaut welcomed Materialise to the embassy, where speakers from the industry and external experts explained the opportunities and challenges of better fitting standard implants and patient-specific instruments and implants. Our biomedical engineering team highlighted how Materialise’s software products and engineering services, like Mimics®, 3-matic®, Anatomical Data Mining (ADaM™), and our custom device know-how and infrastructure, can help them to reach their ambitious goals and improve patient care.

 

Seminar for medical companies hosted by the Belgian Embassy
Seminar for medical companies hosted by the Belgian Embassy

 

July 1st marked the first anniversary of i.materialise Japan! Yui Takahara, whose name you may also recognize from the i.materialise blog, is based at Materialise’s Headquarters in Belgium, but went over to Yokohama to celebrate this momentous occasion. In addition, she will also take over Kumiko Karaki’s tremendous job in translating the i.materialise website into Japanese and will continue her work in posting on social media in Japanese.

Happy birthday, i.materialise in Japan!

 

Happy birthday, i.materialise in Japan!

 

Yesterday we decided to celebrate the events of the past week in a special way: with the Belgian Beer Weekend in Yokohama. What better way is there to celebrate their hard work in a place that combines our Belgian roots in Japan?

 

Cheers from Materialise Japan!

 

Visit our Materialise Japan website to learn more!