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.
Based in the Materialise office in Plymouth, USA, Kelly Swartzmiller recently sat down with us for a chat about the exciting world of clinical engineering. As a member of the Medical team, she regularly comes into contact with orthopaedic surgeons who need complicated and patient-specific anatomical models or surgical guides for the operations they perform. Over the years, Materialise technology has helped a young champion windsurfer get back on the waves, a Swedish teenager to regain her capacity to walk and a seven-year old to regain functionality in his arm. If all that has made you curious about working as a clinical engineer, hear about it from Kelly herself down below.
At Materialise Malaysia, we actively listen and respond to what people expect most out of their career. Wim Michiels, Managing Director of Materialise Malaysia, describes it best – “Building the right career for you is important. That’s why at Materialise, you co-design your career. This is a co-creation process; the company is there to help you with it.”
This month, our “Materialise Around the World” series stops in Poland. One year ago this month, Materialise acquired e-prototypy, Poland’s leading provider of rapid prototypes and 3D Printing, thus making this office one of the newest Materialise locations.
In the summer of 2009, the first version of i.materialise was ready. One month before going live, we tested the whole process of support, file fixing, production and logistics on 700 Materialise colleagues worldwide. This alpha test invited everyone to print one project for free and it taught us a lot about running an online 3D printing service.
DUOday literally means “DO-day” and is an initiative to see if a job seekers who have more trouble finding work because of poor health or a disability works well at participating organizations. Belgian companies, non-profit organizations, governments and local authorities open their doors for one day in March to see if a DUOday job seeker is a good match for permanent employment.
Happy 5th Anniversary i.materialise! A big thank you goes out to all designers, makers, inventors, students, partners, press, and so many more who have supported us along the way. How cheesy it may sound, we really couldn’t have done this without you. So, here's a story from the beginning - an inspiring story by our CEO, Fried Vancraen of “Why i.materialise was born”.
Since January, Materialise employees have been competing, pouring out their sweat and blood to win the coveted “Ping Pong Champion” title. Last Friday, the final four players met to play the final match, concluding the several-month-long tournament.
When I hear the word “anatomical lab” I can feel a chill run up and down my spine. I imagine a 19th-century-style dusty basement lined with formaldehyde-filled jars home to various organs; essentially a place where Frankenstein’s monster or a duck with a frog arm could pop out at any minute.