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.
Initially used a symbol of peaceful resistance against the Polish communist regime during the ‘80s, the gnome, or krasnal, has grown to become the symbol of the city of Wrocław. In fact, there are currently over 300 gnomes dotted around the city and it’s a popular tourist pastime to spot as many as possible. Poland celebrated its 100 years of independence this year – and Mr. Waldemar Plusa, together with the city of Wrocław, decided to commemorate the occasion by using their symbol in a very special way.
On November 8, we will be taking part in the Family of the Future, an event organized by Flam3D. It will showcase the state-of-the-art in 3D printing technology, including an overview of available technologies and how they can add value to a variety of different industries. And among the displays will be a 3D-printed toy robot, designed and produced by Materialise!
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.
Why would you produce jewelry using 3D printing technology, instead of creating it traditionally? Here are five reasons that convinced jewelry giants like Titan to start using 3D Printing in their business.
Sherhryar Khan, Application Engineer at the DLP Competence Centre in Malaysia, measured the impact of our support generation software for bottom-up technology and shares the result of the DLP knowledge center with you.
“Innovation is my mission statement,” says Bieke Hoet, owner of the Hoet Design Studio. And you can see it in her latest collection of 3D-printed eyewear frames: Hoet Cabrio SX, launched at Silmo 2016. Designed in collaboration with the Belgian indie pop duo SX, this striking new collection features a radically new approach to eyewear design. Out with pinched angles and unflattering edges, in with organic design and fluid lines. Meet Cabrio SX, the newest work of art in the long-running partnership between Hoet Design Studio and Materialise.
If you wear glasses, you know that finding the right frames can be a challenge, to say the least. They have to have the right style, right color, and of course, a comfortable fit. However, did you know that the frames you choose could potentially affect your vision?
This week, Microsoft 3D Builder users were finally able to start printing their designs through our consumer 3D printing service, i.materialise. This is just the first of many Microsoft 3D printing platform applications which will allow users to print their models with i.materialise, and although we announced this collaboration for the first time in May, it’s exciting to see those plans become concrete reality! Our i.materialise team is definitely looking forward to working together with the team over at Microsoft to improve the 3D printing experience for the members of the Windows community.
Hoet Design Studio’s Cabrio G, a collection of sunglasses for design lovers, comes from a unique inspiration: luxury cars. The prototype of Cabrio G was unveiled at the Brussels Expo 2016, in the company of the Rolls-Royce and McLaren cars that had inspired it. Now that the newest Cabrio collection has just hit stores, take a look at what happens when inspired design meets innovative manufacturing.