Beyond Acetate Templates: Making the Move to Digital Templating

Alex M
December 06, 2016

When Dr. Noble, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacement at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, FL, found himself without hard copy X-rays to plan his hip and knee arthroplasty procedures, he took a leap towards digital pre-operative planning.

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Spice up Your Christmas with ARTdiVIN’s 3D-Printed Wine Cases

Stephanie Benoit
December 05, 2016

One of the most classic gifts you can give someone has to be a bottle of wine. And almost always, we tend to neglect the wrapping paper or box it comes in. But what if the box could be part of the gift and become a design or art object? Frank Bulens, founder of ARTdiVIN, felt that “One of mankind’s most cherished creations deserves a work of art to present it. The wine cases that we develop are designed to catch the diner’s eye, while also functioning as a unique design piece for your interior. ” Frank has been working together with us since the prototyping stage to manufacture his beautiful 3D-printed wine cases – let’s take a closer look.

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G’Day Australia: Materialise Opens New Office in Sydney

Stephanie Benoit
December 01, 2016

We recently opened our newest office in Sydney, Australia. Why Australia, you may ask? Well the decision to open a Materialise office down under wasn’t just based on the great weather, prime surfing spots and friendly people.

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Materialise Malaysia Hackathon 2016: Bigger, Better, Bolder

Firdaus Abhar
November 30, 2016

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!

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The Legacy of Vesalius: Engineering on Anatomy

Stephanie Benoit
November 24, 2016

Roughly 500 years ago, Andreas Vesalius was born in Brussels to a family of court physicians. During his lifetime, he revolutionized the field of anatomy, disproving theories that had gone uncontested for the past 1,300 years. We printed out a 3D model of a brain in homage to the enduring genius of Vesalius.

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Materialise Japan Opens New Medical Production Facility

Stephanie Benoit
November 24, 2016

This year, our office in Japan opened a brand-new medical 3D printing facility in order to provide our customers in Japan with localized service for patient-specific surgical guides and anatomical models for orthopaedic and cranio-maxillofacial surgeries. But what does it take to set up a new production facility for highly regulated medical devices? We talked to our colleagues at the Japan office to find out.

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Holthinrichs Watches: Time to Raise the Bar for Metal 3D Printing

Stephanie Benoit
November 23, 2016

Michiel Holthinrichs, the founder of Holthinrichs Watches, has always been fascinated by the interplay between design, precision handwork, and technology. Together with our expertise in Metal 3D Printing, he hopes to bring a new level of personalization and design freedom to watches. Michiel launched his brand yesterday, and we were there to celebrate with him.

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Functional Respiratory Imaging: Novel Diagnostics for Lung Diseases

Sandrine Debecker
November 22, 2016

During the Mimics Innovation Conference, Dr. Jan De Backer gave an illuminating presentation about diagnosing lung diseases with Functional Respiratory Imaging, or FRI. It’s is a proprietary technology that combines high-resolution CT scans with computer-based flow simulations.

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Corrective Osteotomy Restores an Oslo Teen's Mobility

Fredrik Sporrong
November 18, 2016

Dr. Ola Wiig, an experienced pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, was confronted with a very challenging deformity in a young teenager. Dr Wiig’s patient was suffering from severely reduced mobility as a result of an epiphysiolysis in her proximal femur, which caused her leg to be severely rotated outwards. This wasn’t just causing the patient pain, it was stopping her from being a normal teenager.

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Study on aMace Custom Acetabular Cup Reports Satisfied Patients

Clare Satterly
November 16, 2016

In a recent study in the Netherlands, all 12 patients who underwent an acetabular reconstruction of large Paprosky type 3 defects using the Materialise aMace custom acetabular cup, were recorded as being satisfied with the results of their procedure. The study, by Marieke Baauw, MD, Gijs Gerard van Hellemondt, MD and Maarten Spruit, MD, PhD from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Sint-Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands reported on their use of the aMace as part of an integral approach which included “a detailed approach to defect analysis, including measurement of bone deficiency and bone quality”. As reported in Helio Orthopaedics, the study presents positive results from a follow up of the 12 patients at least 18 months after surgery.

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