“Playtime Is Over, Take Full Control of 3D Printing” – Meet Stefaan Motte at Formnext

Kirsten Van Praet
October 28, 2016

Leading international manufacturers with state-of-the-art technologies, first-class service providers and key players in the industry are coming to formnext, the international trade fair for the 3D printing industry. Are you coming too? Then be sure to pass by booth F28 in hall 3.1. Here are five reasons why you should pass by the Materialise booth!

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Asia’s Leap to Medical 3D Printing in Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Vickneswaran Renganathan
October 28, 2016

Physicians around the globe have one goal in common, which is to improve patient care. Materialise recently attended the first workshop on Surgical Morphology and Imaging of Congenital Heart Disease in Asia organized by the Cardiac Centre at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). As an academic medical center and teaching hospital in Singapore, KKH is taking 3D Printing technology advancements in medicine to the next level by training specialists from the region – using actual 3D-printed heart models from patients.

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3D-Printed Cardiovascular Models Support the Development of Smart Catheters

Sandrine Debecker
October 27, 2016

Catheter-based interventions are often the therapy of choice when treating the cardiovascular system of fragile and weak patients. Though often much less invasive than alternative treatments, this technique has its own limitations: it risks dislodging plaque or calcium into the circulatory system as well as potentially damaging, rupturing or penetrating the arterial walls. Also, imaging and the extensive use of contrast agent are not without risk.

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African Drive Takes Home the Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Trophy 2016

Stephanie Benoit
October 27, 2016

The Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs association in Belgium is an initiative led by – the name gives it away – entrepreneurs, who wish to stimulate business and sustainable growth in countries with developing economies. African Drive, a charitable enterprise supported by Materialise, had the honor of receiving the Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Trophy last week!

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Revealing Updated Laser Sintering Features of Materialise Magics 21

Kirsten Van Praet
October 26, 2016

At formnext on November 15, we are launching Materialise Magics 21, the latest version of our industry-leading data preparation software. Earlier, we announced the start of our beta validation program including top companies all over the world. Today, we will reveal some updated Laser Sintering features in Materialise Magics 21: the slice distribution graph and nesting at different angles!

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Saving Jojo's Leg with Pre-Surgical Planning in 3D

Anna Fischer
October 25, 2016

A five-year-old boy named Jojo from a village near Munich was diagnosed with a rare malignant tumor called Ewing`s Sarcoma. Usually found in the diaphysis (middle part) of long bones Jojo`s tumor was located in the distal part of his left femur and very close to the growth plate. Since tumor-endoprostheses are not available for such young children due to their small anatomical dimensions, an amputation or rotation plasty has to be performed in these cases.

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Aoyama Wins PME Export Trophy

Stephanie Benoit
October 25, 2016

The Trophée PME Bougeons-Nous was created six years ago to reward local small and medium enterprises in France for their innovation, enthusiasm and energy. Last week Aoyama Optical France, one of our key partners in eyewear, took home the Export prize due to the high percentage of 3D-printed glasses they export outside of France. Their collaboration with Materialise has been part of a larger initiative to bring back eyewear manufacturing to Europe.

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3D Printing a Model of Scarred Heart Tissue

Liesbeth Kemel
October 21, 2016

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been increasingly implementing 3D Printing in its hospital services. The latest addition to their offer has been the ability to 3D print heart models based on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) scans from their patients. And most innovatively of all, the Trust has developed a way of 3D Printing heart models that also show signs of scarring.

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Throwback to the Early Days of Cardiac 3D Printing

Julie Maes
October 14, 2016

Today we read stories all the time about the insights that clinicians can gain from 3D-printed heart models, and the way they contribute to a successful treatment outcome and improved patient care. In this blog post we wanted to take a look at the early days of cardiac 3D Printing, and one of the first applications where the technology proved its value.

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Behind the Scenes of Kolloquium 4.0: A 3DP Academy in a German Quarry!

Radhika Dhuru
October 14, 2016

This week, we hosted a roomful of 3D printing professionals, academics and enthusiasts in Essen, Germany. Against the dramatic backdrop of an old coal quarry, we organized a 3DP Academy and a conference to discuss the questions that come up frequently among 3D printing adopters today. How do you implement Additive Manufacturing in your company? What kind of time-and-cost savings can be achieved by switching your production to 3D-printed spare parts? And how can you use 3D Printing to produce “better” parts? With speakers from Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa and Siemens among others, we got some great insights into how major players in diverse sectors are adopting Additive Manufacturing into their operations today.

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