Materialise has always been actively researching and learning what it takes to sustain peak performance and a healthy, happy workforce; which not only promises higher productivity, less turnover, and a more resilient work culture - it upholds our mission statement of contributing to a better and healthier world as well!
Beginning this year, we held a co-creation exercise where our people managers were invited to work out the focus of their development among the six leadership competencies. Team activation was one of the needs that the group identified, and we chose a beautiful day in April to have our first People Manager Team Building.
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.
It’s important to feel supported and encouraged in a work environment, which is why Materialise tries to organize diverse employee development programs. One such program which has been very popular and successful over the years has been the MADE program; an initiative from our Malaysian office which stands for “Materialise Autonomy Development and Expansion”.
2016 has been an exciting year for Materialise Malaysia. We hosted a number of events for 3D printing enthusiasts, and one of the most impactful of these has been the Hackathon. Our first public Hackathon was held in February with great success, which motivated us to host another one in the same year – making this our third Hackathon!
March 17, 2016 marked the first Metal Day held by Materialise in Asia Pacific. Held at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, one of the leading institutes driving Additive Manufacturing in Asia, it was a day filled with fascinating presentations and workshops about metal 3D Printing, the hottest topic in the 3D printing industry right now.
We had the opportunity here at Materialise Malaysia to start off 2016 by living up to the Materialise motto: working towards a better and healthier world. With the help of some talented and generous people, I was able to make a real difference in a wonderful little boy’s life, with a 3D-printed hand. But between the original inspiration to do this, and the final, happy, day when Padmaloshn tried on his new hand for the first time, lay months of dedicated effort by various people. This is how we created Padmaloshn’s new 3D-printed hand.
Meet Padmaloshn Vijayan, a cheerful little LEGO-building schoolboy from Kuala Lumpur. In all his young life, this capable 7-year-old has been performing his daily activities single-handedly: Padmaloshn was born without a fully developed right hand. Last year, he met Ayishwariya Menon, a volunteer teacher for a human values education program run weekly in his community — who also happens to be the clinical team manager at Materialise Malaysia. A few months later, Padmaloshn received his first 3D-printed experimental hand, designed by open-source community e-NABLE and printed by Materialise. Here’s how it all unfolded.
This month, Materialise will be organizing a 24-hour programming & 3D industrial design competition, a Hack-a-thon (also known as a Hackathon). Together with Designex 3D Sdn. Bhd. as the main event sponsor and with the support of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) of Malaysia, this hackathon is going to be open for public participation! For anyone who wants to to unleash their talents in coding and 3D design, and show us what you can come up with in 24 hours, this is the platform you’ve been waiting for.