Traditionally there has been a tendency to segregate research and industry when it comes to 3D Printing, based largely on the premise that finding out ‘what’s possible’ will always be at odds with identifying ‘what’s cost-effective’. The premise is flawed. Why? Because you can answer both questions by focusing on what enables practical progress right here, right now.
Materialise recently announced their partnership with Korean 3D printer manufacturer Carima. They will bundle Materialise Magics Print software for their line of Digital Light Processing printers. This flexible software allows 3D printer manufacturers to offer data preparation solutions to their customers, making it possible to repair files and prepare them for printing in a much simpler and more efficient way.
Materialise was awarded a Visit.Brussels Ambassador trophy thanks to our biennial conference, the Materialise World Summit. This event aims to gather key influencers in order to open a discussion on the direction the 3D printing industry is evolving, and has always been held in Brussels. Last year’s edition hosted over 100 speakers and over 1000 visitors , and we were very proud to receive recognition from the city of Brussels itself for contributing to the intellectual and professional stimulation of Brussels.
This week, we hosted a roomful of 3D printing professionals, academics and enthusiasts in Essen, Germany. Against the dramatic backdrop of an old coal quarry, we organized a 3DP Academy and a conference to discuss the questions that come up frequently among 3D printing adopters today. How do you implement Additive Manufacturing in your company? What kind of time-and-cost savings can be achieved by switching your production to 3D-printed spare parts? And how can you use 3D Printing to produce “better” parts? With speakers from Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa and Siemens among others, we got some great insights into how major players in diverse sectors are adopting Additive Manufacturing into their operations today.
In South Africa’s Kimberley Hospital Complex, doctors have successfully performed the country’s first 3D-printed jaw bone implantation. Two patients suffering from facial disfigurations because of a cancer received titanium jaw implants.