The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stumbling block for many companies throughout the world. Getting your company back on track doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Rapid Prototyping with 3D printing provides many advantages in this time of protecting employees and cutting costs.
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, or MWC, is the biggest event in the mobile industry. For Nokia, 3D Printing provided the ideal solution to represent the company’s innovative spirit with a visual representation of how connected cars in a smart city of the future could look like. With just nine days to realize the entire project from start to finish, Materialise was faced with a significant challenge, but one which we were ready to meet!
Is Taurus the perfect 3D printing material for your automotive rapid prototypes? Jonas Van Eyck, Process Engineer at Materialise Manufacturing, digs into what makes an ideal tool for automotive prototyping. Here are the top 4 reasons why Taurus should be your pick for your next project, whether it’s visual prototypes or form-and-fit testing.
When you’re running a start-up, speed is often a key part in providing your customers with a good experience. Not only does it give you a competitive advantage, it enables you to react quickly to customer demands and get to the best version of the product together. We interviewed Filip Smet, the CEO of Lemon Companies to get his unique insight on why 3D Printing – and speedy deliveries – are so crucial for Lemon’s projects.
Bednet is an organization which enables children with long-term or chronic illnesses to follow classes from the comfort of their own home. The patient’s friends and classmates can see them on a screen at the back of the class, and they can follow the lesson as if they were physically present. We donated 3D-printed parts for the Bednet mobile unit, which was nominated for the prestigious Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award last year!
Italian start-up NiRi aims to bring sports equipment to a higher level with innovative technologies such as Additive Manufacturing. One of their first projects is the creation of a new shock-absorbing bike handle grip which uses intricate texturing to give cyclists a better grip and decrease vibration in the handlebars – and as a result, give the cyclist better control over their bicycle.
Dutch company Vanderlande handles logistics automation, making processes in warehouses more efficient and streamlined. Imagine the warehouse of the future, with rows upon rows of crates that seem to know exactly where they’re going. When multinational supermarket chain Albert Heijn was looking for a new, automated layout for its main distribution center, Vanderlande stepped in to provide it. Materialise 3D-printed their highly complex automated distribution center with a scale model, so that they could clearly show their clients what the new system offered.
The automotive industry is an early adopter of 3D printing technology, initially benefitting from Rapid Prototyping to finalize new car concepts. SL Corporation is an automotive parts manufacturer based in Korea, who was able to cut their lead-times significantly and reduce costs by incorporating 3D Printing into their production.
Nuova Società Piemontese Automobili, or Nuova SPA, draws on a proud history of Italian automotive manufacturing. Founded in 1906, SPA produced classic Italian automobiles right up until 1949. The contemporary Nuova SPA is a continuation of this legacy with its unique creations that blend luxury and innovation together. Curious about what that looks like? Meet Bicicletto, an e-bike designed with the esthetics of a vintage motorbike. We helped reduce the weight of the bike, as well as production costs, with the inclusion of 3D-printed parts.
Benjamin Hubert of design agency Layer is the creative force behind the GO Wheelchair, the world’s first 3D printed consumer wheelchair. It’s being launched this week at Clerkenwell Design Week in London as part of an exhibition of Layer’s most recent work. Whilst the project is still at the concept stage right now, it has the potential to drastically alter the daily life of wheelchair users. We talked to Benjamin to find out what drove him to create this project, and why he turned to 3D Printing for the job!