As the metal AM industry grows and 3D printed components become increasingly complex, so does the need to integrate automated processes. It takes a lot of time to create support structures that anchor the part sufficiently and prevent warpage, but which are at the same time easy to remove. Especially parts with a complex geometry need to be prepared very thoroughly as each surface that lacks sufficient support may cause defects in the part or even build crashes.
It’s time for AMUG – the 3D printing event that has been around since the early days of the technology. It unites people from the industry both new and veterans and is a great way to discover new innovations, network, and learn about the exciting projects. This year Materialise will once again be attending AMUG in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 8-12. At the event, see our latest innovations, get a demo of our 3D printing software suite, including Magics, and hear from our team of experts who will be giving presentations.
2017 has been an exciting year for the 3D printing industry, with plenty of new players appearing on the scene, as well as countless new collaborations and innovations. In such a dynamic industry, we would love to be able to simply peer into a crystal ball to see what the future will bring. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball at Materialise, but we do have many industry experts and visionaries and we’ve asked them to share their predictions for the 3D printing industry in 2018. We’ve bundled their input for you in a list of five trends we anticipate for 2018.
The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to look back at the past year to see what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. It was really tough to narrow down our favorite blog posts to just 10 – we’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in so many collaborations, technological innovations and inspirational stories – and we want to share the cream of the crop with you. Read on to discover our favorite stories of 2017!
Applying a minimal amount of support is a matter of taking into account your design and part orientation. When support structures are still required, advanced 3D printing software offers you a wide range of support types that are ideal for the geometry of your part.
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The surface of Materialise engineer Giovanni Vleminckx’s desk is covered in stone-grey 3D prints. Gears, hinges, interlocking links, and the odd Yoda-like figurine. Meet the first test prints of the widely anticipated HP Jet Fusion 3D printer! Announced last autumn, the news of the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology quickly spread waves of excitement throughout the 3D printing world — and Materialise is privileged with prior access to the new technology. Giovanni, as a researcher and engineer in our production unit, got the opportunity to run frequent tests on the machine. Here’s what he thinks.