3D Printing metal has so many possible applications that it is difficult to keep up with the growing field. I’ve previously written a blog entry about titanium medical implants, but other applications include components for the automotive and aerospace industries, designer goods, and the list goes on…
On Tuesday May 20th, I had the opportunity to accompany two colleagues from our headquarters to the 3D Printing Seminar in Coventry, UK, hosted by our colleagues from the Materialise UK office. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the event, but what I learned in the end was that the system manufacturers want to focus on what is possible today. I put an emphasis on today because there is a lot of speculation of what 3D Printing may bring in the future, say for example 20 years down the line, but this seminar really focused on what is now possible with 3D Printing.
One of the worst ways to spend a vacation is in an emergency room. Especially after surviving a 35-foot fall, breaking all four limbs and, worst of all, shattering your face. This is exactly what happened to 27-year old Jon Fenton when he was vacationing in Barcelona and fell face first off of his four-story high hotel balcony.
What’s the next “step” in 3D Printing? You don’t have to be a 3D Printing fanatic to see that tailored 3D printed products have become more common as the cost has diminished and the software has advanced. This environment has enabled our latest endeavor, RSPrint, which we founded together with RSscan (RS stands for Runner Service). Together, some of us at Materialise have worked with Jempi Wilssens, founder of RSscan, and his colleagues to develop 3D printed insoles, based on dynamic measurement footscans and customized to support your distinct gait.
It’s been a major challenge in 3D Printing to develop plastic pieces that are able to withstand long-term heat exposure. The launch of the Ultem 9085 material for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) was in fact a giant step forward in material engineering. Flame resistant, limited smoke production, low ignition risk. Is it as promising as it sounds? Watch this video and see for yourself!
Who are the “heroes of tomorrow”? In Flanders, the Helden van Later competition asked young people to theorize a better world by thinking of creative solutions to modern day social problems. The 582 entries were reviewed by a panel, which consisted of 14 politicians, 10 experts and 8 youth and they chose three winners: Hanne, Lora and Natallia.
The Punch Powertrain Solar Team started with a challenge: to build a car running on solar power, and driving it across the vast and imposing wildernesses of Central Australia. They were one of 40 teams to participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s largest solar electric vehicle event.