Last week, it was time for the third edition of Materialise China’s Focus Day! This year’s edition was called “Dream Big in 3Dimensions”; a two-day event uniting high-end speakers from different industries, and over 200 visitors who ranged from customers and partners to industrial players interested in the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing. Read on to get a taste of how the event went.
You may have read about last year’s Silk Road initiative, where our Chinese office took a “Dream Bus” around the west of China to inspire and educate young children in remote areas about 3D Printing. This year, the saga continues as the Long March – the Dream Bus will start in Jinzhai and make its way to Dingxi across the south of China.
Materialise China’s dream is to influence future perspectives of kids in remote areas through innovation. As of last year, our team has been working on the Silk Road project and, since the project kicked off in April in Xi’An, it was finally my turn to be a teacher on the Dream Bus. I got up at 4 am to leave from Shanghai to Huangzhong, a small county of 400,000 citizens, which is located in the Qinghai province of West China. I arrived and was warmly welcomed by the local education bureau, who picked me up at the airport and immediately took me for a delicious lunch where I met the Adream team and the other volunteers.
Born as an initiative from one of our colleagues at the Materialise China office, Tom Yan, the Silk Road project aims to spur innovation and development in the Western part of China. Together with Chinese charity organization, Adream, and TEACH, a company that provides courses on 3D Printing, Materialise organized a mobile Dream Bus, that will drive through Western China and stop in several locations to allow local children to learn about 3D Printing.
3D Printing is going global, and as the technology is increasingly used in numerous industries around the world, we are expanding our collaborations with those users. That’s why we are delighted to announce both the signing of a collaboration agreement with Fuwai Hospital and another with Golden Laser in China. The two agreements were signed last week in Beijing, China in the presence of a delegation of Belgian government officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders and Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem.
Masks are a medium for people to use their imagination to symbolize their inner worlds. 3D Printing lets artists break design boundaries and print what is impossible to create in traditional manufacturing. By bringing masks and 3D Printing together together, endless possibilities emerge.
3D Printing metal has so many possible applications that it is difficult to keep up with the growing field. I’ve previously written a blog entry about titanium medical implants, but other applications include components for the automotive and aerospace industries, designer goods, and the list goes on…