“3D printing is our ‘weapon of choice’ for rare and complex medical cases”

Elizabeth Boorman
January 21, 2019

Deakin University in Australia has become the go-to place for local hospitals to discover solutions for their most complex cases and get a glimpse of what a hospital of the future could look like. Leading the front at Deakin’s School of Engineering is Dr. Mazher Iqbal Mohammed, who is working to come up with everything from clinical solutions like tailor-made ear prostheses to science fiction-like technology such as a mask that can minimize radiation dosages in radiotherapy treatments. He says the thing to look out for next is automating the process to make so-called “just-in-time solutions” and to add other technologies into the mix – from sensors and electronics to AI and machine learning.

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Cause for Celebration: 3D Printed Sculptures of Disney’s Mickey Mouse

Jana Obermueller
January 14, 2019

To commemorate the iconic mouse’s 90th birthday in style, Disney reached out to Materialise to create three 3D-printed sculptures of Mickey. These statues were then featured in events marking the big birthday in a pop-up venue in Brussels, Belgium, and included collaborations with artists who used the 3D-printed statues as blank canvases, allowing them to reinterpret and play on the character’s emblematic look.

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Why Materialise Is On Board

Aura Farrando
January 10, 2019

Sustainability is more than a word for Materialise, it’s a pledge. Our mission to make the world a better and healthier place has been the defining factor of our company from the beginning, and it’s led us everywhere from Medical 3D Printing to social entrepreneurship support.

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Top 10 3D Printing Blog Posts of 2018

Aura Farrando
December 20, 2018

From medicine to cinema, architecture to automotive, 3D printing has made its presence felt in hugely diverse fields. We collected our best 3D printing blog stories of the year so you can say goodbye to 2018 with some inspiration on what additive manufacturing can do for the world.

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Polymers, Productivity and Policy: 3D Printing Trends in 2019

Aura Farrando, Radhika Dhuru
December 11, 2018

3D printing is a slow revolution. But it is a revolution regardless, when you consider what the technology does: saving lives, enabling new business models, redefining how we design products. But none of that happened overnight. The revolutionary nature of 3D printing grew over decades, formed on a foundation of small but valuable steps. So where are today’s trends taking the industry in 2019? We checked in with experts at Materialise, including CEO Fried Vancraen, to find out.

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How 3D Printing Helped Surgeons Save 5-Year-Old Daria’s Leg

Anna Fischer
November 29, 2018

When Daria, a five-year-old German girl who loves to dance, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her right leg, the fight started to save her limb. But because this rare malignant bone tumor was so large, extending almost to the distal femur, removing it while retaining enough bone to allow her to walk normally again required complex, precision surgery. Thankfully, her surgeons had some trusted high-tech helpers to call upon.

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3 Ways Virtual Reality Can Supplement Your Medical 3D Printing Activities (And 3 Ways It Won’t)

Radhika Dhuru, An Selschotter
November 20, 2018

VR tools have taken the gaming world by storm, but an application that keenly interests Materialise is the potential of virtual reality for multidisciplinary collaboration and education. For medical training, visualization in virtual reality could serve as the perfect supplement to 3D printing. Here are three benefits VR/AR setups can bring to a hospital’s training program, and three pitfalls to watch out for.

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Improving Metal AM Quality Using Computed Tomography

Tom Craeghs
November 07, 2018

Quality is the buzzword of the moment in additive manufacturing and companies are investing heavily in digital solutions to improve it. Tom Craeghs, Research Project Manager at Materialise, explains how Materialise and Volume Graphics are working together to ensure quality production of 3D-printed metal parts by applying computed tomography to additive manufacturing.

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From Concept to Reality in 9 Days: Model Cars for Nokia Bell Labs

Stephanie Benoit
October 31, 2018

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, or MWC, is the biggest event in the mobile industry. For Nokia, 3D Printing provided the ideal solution to represent the company’s innovative spirit with a visual representation of how connected cars in a smart city of the future could look like. With just nine days to realize the entire project from start to finish, Materialise was faced with a significant challenge, but one which we were ready to meet!

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How Hospitals Can Benefit from Digital Orthopaedic Planning

An Selschotter
October 17, 2018

Preoperative planning and templating enables orthopaedic surgeons to prepare for joint replacement surgery, limit the risk of intraoperative complications, and improve patient communication. These advantages translate into direct benefits for the hospital as well, ranging from more efficient implant stock management to a significant reduction in complications and complaints. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Ross Barker (United Kingdom) explains why the hospital benefits as well when he uses Materialise OrthoView to digitally plan orthopaedic cases.

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