Kristina Camilleri-Grygolec June 30, 2015

3D Printing is going global, and as the technology is increasingly used in numerous industries around the world, we are expanding our collaborations with those users. That’s why we are delighted to announce both the signing of a collaboration agreement with Fuwai Hospital and another with Golden Laser in China. The two agreements were signed last week in Beijing, China in the presence of a delegation of Belgian government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders and Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem. Our collaboration with Fuwai Hospital, a medical center specializing in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases in China aims to make 3D printed heart models accessible to the hospital for the benefit of doctors and patients.

“Around the world, these heart models have already proven invaluable for the preparation of complex interventions, thereby improving outcomes and in many cases, saving lives. This is especially true for young babies born with heart defects due to the complexity that comes with treating patients so young and delicate” said Peter Leys, Materialise’s Chairman of the Board. The President of Fuwai Hospital, Dr. Hu Shengshou, said “We appreciate the opportunity to work with a company that has 25 years of experience in medical 3D Printing as they help us navigate opportunities and achieve medical 3D Printing goals in a safe, economical and sustainable way. With this collaboration, Fuwai Hospital will become China’s leading center for 3D printed heart model education, spreading knowledge of the technology and how it can be used by surgeons to the benefit of the Chinese public.”

The agreement with Fuwai Hospital was signed in Beijing, China last week.

3D printed heart model © Paolo Vergalito
3D printed heart model © Paolo Vergalito

In addition, Materialise is further expanding the i.materialise online 3D Printing platform to users in China. i.materialise is all about making 3D Printing accessible to everyone: designers, inventors, students, artists, and makers around the globe, and this strategic collaboration agreement opens the i.materialise platform to China’s Golden Laser, a global manufacturer of laser cutting, engraving and marking systems. While Golden Laser’s upcoming 3D printing service in China, 3D Eazer, will run on the i.materialise platform, 3D printing will take place at Golden Laser’s Additive Manufacturing Center Service Bureau in Wuhan, China, bringing production closer to users in the region. This collaboration will make sure that even more people have access to easy 3D printing solutions and will help in expanding the reach of this amazing technology into traditional manufacturing markets. “Helping people incorporate the additional functionality and complexity offered by Additive Manufacturing into their products is what i.materialise is all about, and this collaboration agreement with Golden Laser will create the opportunity to help even more people and businesses materialize their great ideas,” said Peter Leys. Liang Wei, Chairman of Golden Laser, noted, “Through this collaboration with the i.materialise 3D printing platform, we aim to offer our customers options for product manufacturing that were previously unavailable to them.”

The signing of the two collaboration agreements marks Materialise’s global growth in the medical sector and the further expansion of i.materialise, to the benefit of Chinese doctors and patients, as well as its designers, inventors, and artists.

Golden Laser Headquarters in Wuhan, China
Golden Laser Headquarters in Wuhan, China