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.
Hoya Vision Care’s Felix España and Materialise’s Alireza Parandian will soon be taking to the stage as co-keynote speakers at the Materialise World Summit, ready to share their unique insights on what it takes to lead a digital transformation.
One of the most classic gifts you can give someone has to be a bottle of wine. And almost always, we tend to neglect the wrapping paper or box it comes in. But what if the box could be part of the gift and become a design or art object? Frank Bulens, founder of ARTdiVIN, felt that “One of mankind’s most cherished creations deserves a work of art to present it. The wine cases that we develop are designed to catch the diner’s eye, while also functioning as a unique design piece for your interior. ” Frank has been working together with us since the prototyping stage to manufacture his beautiful 3D-printed wine cases – let’s take a closer look.
The art of making lace is complex and labor-intensive, and dates back centuries. It also has a strong history in both Italy and Belgium, which makes the collaboration between Italian knitwear foundation Lineapiù, knitwear manufacturer Maglificio Miles, and Materialise all the more natural.
3D Printing a bicycle is nothing new these days. But combining the 3D printing expertise and innovation of 13 companies and two research institutes is. That’s what Belgian organization Flam王D aimed to do when they organized a collaborative project aimed at informing and educating other companies and institutions about the benefits of Additive Manufacturing. And true to the Belgian passion for cycling, this project took the form of a 3D-printed bicycle!
Materialise regularly hosts sessions for people who want to learn more about key 3D printing topics in a hands-on environment: we call it 3DP ACADEMY. To Materialise, it’s an integral part of the co-creation process that helps us unlock our partners’ 3D printing potential. Last month, our Materialise UK team in Sheffield hosted their first 3DP ACADEMY. The event was meant for designers, manufacturers, engineers and anyone else looking to learn more about 3D Printing and the opportunities which Additive Manufacturing can offer for their business. (To see how you can join one of these sessions, or to host one at your own office, read on!)
Last week, I got the opportunity to attend the Crowd Sourcing Week in Brussels: a series of seminars and workshops about all kinds of initiatives that crowdsource ideas and resources. Over the course of several talks, a recurrent pattern emerged: a successful collaboration needs to be more than the sum of its parts. At Materialise, we apply a similar standard to ‘co-creation’: an approach that aims to unlock the potential for 3D Printing with our partners. What comes out of it? Some of the greatest stories from our additive manufacturing team, ranging from award-winning eyewear to robot-enabling gripper fingers. Here’s what the process actually looks like.
If you could sum up your attitude in 10 characters, what would you say? With Bawsome, you can change your accessory into a statement with personalized eyewear. All you need to do is select your model, frame color (both temples and front), lens color and 10-character-long message.
Last Thursday and Friday, Materialise’s Factory for 3D Printing hosted a workshop on "Serial Production in 3D Printing" where representatives from 40 German companies could come and learn about designing, engineering and manufacturing in 3D Printing.