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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Create a 3D-printed replica of an elephant-sized woolly mammoth skeleton? Even with the wide variety of challenges we’re fortunate to experience at Materialise, projects like this don’t come along every day. Project Engineer Gertjan Brienen managed the team that made this fascinating technical exercise a success. In this guest post, he tells us how it tested all our capabilities, from design engineering to our own giant Mammoth printers.
This June, Materialise hosted a 3D Printing in Medicine Course. Tune in to this unmissable lecture series featuring firsthand surgeon insights on how different medical specializations are using 3D Printing today, from the cardiovascular field to orthopedics.
Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of the software department at Materialise, looks back at the history of 3D Printing and highlights the three stages that this emerging technology has seen and how Materialise has been in the driver’s seat.