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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Materialise Mimics has often made a difference in the lives of hospital patients. But it isn’t only doctors and surgeons who are implementing our technology in beneficial ways – Dr. Stephen Brusatte at the University of Edinburgh is using 3D visualization to analyze dinosaur fossils -such as Tyrannosaurus-, which enables him to learn more about how evolution works over widespread timescales.
Dr. Stephen Brusatte doesn’t use Materialise Mimics to study the human body – he uses it to improve his understanding of dinosaur fossils. As the leader of the Vertebrate Paleontology Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Brusatte is fascinated by one dinosaur species in particular: the Tyrannosaurus rex, infamous king of the dinosaurs and terrifying predator.
When people think of 3D-printed fashion, they undoubtedly think of the stunning runway creations by designers such as Iris van Herpen and threeASFOUR. But while those designs might be impressive feats of integrating technology with fashion, you can hardly wear them while nipping down to the shops for some groceries.
Dixie Dansercoer’s job is one that most people can only dream of: he is a polar explorer, and after conducting several record-breaking expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, he now guides small groups of intrepid travelers around the Polar Regions. Eyewear is all-important in the harsh environments Dixie frequents, but due to his high nose bridge, conventional sunglasses often left a fatal gap between his face and the frame of the sunglasses. Materialise and SEIKO Optical, together with Hoet Design Studio, recently partnered up to create the award-winning Xchanger sports eyewear: a completely customizable, 3D-printed range of sunglasses, which was the perfect solution to Dixie’s problems in finding eyewear to fit his needs. We took the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences with the Xchanger sunglasses during one of his rare visits to his home in Belgium.