Emmanuelle Vandamme, Belgium’s Mobility Policy Chief, visited Materialise to get a behind-the-scenes look at our certified additive manufacturing facilities. Read this interview to learn about Ms. Vandamme’s main mission and her views on innovation in the mobility sector.
No longer seen as merely a tool for rapid prototyping, 3D printing has emerged as a future-proof way to produce smarter, cheaper, and more performant end-use parts. Discover how aircraft manufacturers, MROs, and aviation authorities alike are realizing the potential of AM for low-criticality plastic components.
If a part breaks, is replacing it with a like-for-like part always the best idea? What if you could rethink the design and bring real value with an improved version? Discover how Materialise helped Expleo develop a 3D-printed repair kit that takes spare parts to the next level.
Additive manufacturing has matured significantly over the last few years and now is a serious, near-mainstream manufacturing technology. But while it’s become a member of the establishment, it has not lost its disruptive potential. So what do you do if you want to explore using AM in your business? Do you treat it as just another way of making the same things or do you think bigger? We talk to Sven Hermans and Mathieu Cornelis from Materialise Mindware about what makes a great start into AM — and why you don’t have to be ashamed to ask for help.
Chinese manufacturers believe 3D printing is necessary for the country to keep its status as the ‘factory of the world’. Yet, few are ready to implement it into their production lines. This is according to a recent survey that Materialise conducted among Chinese manufacturing companies to gain insight into their attitudes and interest in the technology.
The GE9X, the largest jet engine in the world developed for Boeing’s next-generation 777X jets, took its maiden flight on the GE flying testbed in March 2018. Discover how its crucial 3D-printed turbine parts were created using Materialise software solutions, and how these same solutions can power certified series manufacturing in Industry 4.0.
Some of the big benefits of 3D Printing for aerospace are design freedom, short lead times and the creation of lighter and more durable components. The latter leads to a smaller carbon footprint and less fuel consumption. But how can you get the most out of the technology?
How can you reconstruct a topology-optimized object in CAD? And what is the most efficient way to do this? Max van der Kolk, a master’s student at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, wrote his thesis answering these questions.
People’s fascination with outer space is one that goes back to the beginning of time. It brings out a sense of wonder in people because of its vastness and beauty. Last summer, four German high school students with the same wonder wanted to know more about our atmosphere. They created a group called Cantucky and built a satellite as part of the “CanSat” competition. The name of the competition says it all: its goal is for high school students to build a satellite the size of a standard beverage can.