Taking place from Jan. 6-9, this year marked the second edition of CES’s 3D Printing Marketplace, organized by the intrepid team at TCT Magazine + Personalize, and Materialise’s first time participating in the event. It goes without saying that CES is big, so much bigger in fact than many people expect – just like the awe-inspiring hotels and casinos in the city this event calls home, Las Vegas. By taking part in CES, we quickly found ourselves among the best that technology has to offer today, and in the years to come, with more to discover and more people to talk to than is possible in a mere 4 days.
For Materialise, International CES 2015 offered us a fantastic opportunity to teach attendees about the incredible applications already being made possible by 3D Printing. For example, visitors to the booth were shocked to discover that thanks to design automation software and 3D printing, more than 10 million+ people are already walking around with better fitting, better functioning hearing aids.
Visitors were also captivated by the 3D printed sunglass frames and accessories by Bawsome and Hoet, the cars that took part in Materialise’s 2014 Slotcar Championship, the customizable designs and figurines brought to life through Toyze and Twikit, the 3D designs made possible by SketchUp, the scientifically-based 3D printed insoles by RS Print, and so much more.
Taking the stage to talk about some of these “Killer Apps” of 3D printing was our very own CEO, Fried Vancraen, during the 3D Printing conference put together by TCT Magazine + Personalize. Key leaders in 3D printing took to the stage throughout the one-day conference, but kicking off the afternoon session was Fried with the message that it is absolutely key that we use 3D printing to create good products that add value to people’s lives. He went on to share experiences, on both a professional and personal level, to show how we at Materialise are dedicated to this very goal, and the work we have been doing to make it a reality. Interested in learning more about Materialise at CES 2015? Then you won’t want to miss Fried’s interview with TCT Magazine below: