It’s been a wild trip for our Metal Tour, as we’ve gone from Sheffield in the UK all the way through Europe to Lyon, France. The first stop was in March, and the tour has been held in different locations throughout the summer months.
In 1988, a young engineer named Fried Vancraen visited a research facility in Bremen Germany, and while there, saw one of the first 3D printers up and running in Europe. For the entire drive back to Leuven, his mind was racing with the applications that could one day be made possible by what this early-stage technology had to offer. Just one year later, Fried did an FFF funding round (friends, fools and family), purchased his very own 3D printer, and opened a small prototyping company called Materialise.
3D Printing is an innovative technology, but it can still use some further tweaking and innovation to continue evolving and developing exciting products. The Nanyang Polytechnic, one of the five institutes of technology in Singapore, has taken on the mission of promoting and stimulating the widespread adoption of 3D Printing. Their innovation center has been transforming the 3D printing landscape in Asia for 15 years now, and the Materialise software team is glad to support their production process with our automation and control software!