3D printing is a slow revolution. But it is a revolution regardless, when you consider what the technology does: saving lives, enabling new business models, redefining how we design products. But none of that happened overnight. The revolutionary nature of 3D printing grew over decades, formed on a foundation of small but valuable steps. So where are today’s trends taking the industry in 2019? We checked in with experts at Materialise, including CEO Fried Vancraen, to find out.
3D Printing is a revolutionary technology, capable of transforming entire industries and challenging our traditional manufacturing processes. Development of new materials, better and faster machines and increased automation provide new impulses to the 3D printing industry and lead to continued innovation. This has helped to position 3D Printing not just as a prototyping technology but as a relevant alternative and complementary manufacturing technology for final products. As a result, we are seeing increased adoption of 3D Printing among industrial manufacturing companies. Leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industry turn to 3D Printing as they recognize the design optimizations it creates in existing vertical applications and the potential to create new and significant business opportunities in new markets.
To those in the 3D printing industry, Wilfried Vancraen is a familiar name. More than 27 years ago, Fried saw his first 3D printer ever – and it made such an impression on him that he and his wife Hilde ended up starting his very own company called Materialise, pooling all their savings together to acquire just one Stereolithography printer. Materialise has come a long way since then, and on the 27th of September, Fried had the honor of being inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame along with four other industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the development and innovation of 3D Printing. In this blog post we take a look at Fried’s journey from young engineer to respected industry pioneer.