Going to the Next Dimension: From 2D Printing to 3D Printing

Elizabeth Boorman
August 08, 2014

Imagine yourself in the middle of the last century using a typewriter to write an important, lengthy letter, only to decide at the bottom of the page that you would like to rephrase an earlier sentence. To make this change, you would have to pull the paper out of the machine and completely retype the text to have a flawless letter.

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South Africa‘s First 3D-Printed Jaw Implants

Liesbeth Kemel
August 05, 2014

In South Africa’s Kimberley Hospital Complex, doctors have successfully performed the country’s first 3D-printed jaw bone implantation. Two patients suffering from facial disfigurations because of a cancer received titanium jaw implants.

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3D Print Start-Up Toyze Secures a Major Backer and Explains Its Ambitious Growth Plan

Elizabeth Boorman
August 01, 2014

Om Nom, Toss, Roto, Boo, Blue and Lick are mobile game characters with millions of fans around the world — and the start of an adventure for one 3D print business. Toyze is an app where users can create, customize, and order 3D printed figurines of popular mobile game characters (including the cast of Zeptolab's beloved Cut the Rope series.) The app has already garnered praise by major publications such as VentureBeat, 3Dprint.com, and Yahoo Finance. How'd they do all that in under a year?

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Mobelife’s 3D-Printed Implant Gives Meryl a New Hip

Elizabeth Boorman
July 29, 2014

Could you imagine feeling pain in your hip every day for over 35 years? Seventy-one-year old Meryl Richards knows this feeling all too well: she has lived with pain in her left hip since it was damaged in a car accident in 1977. She had already undergone six surgeries, which left her hip in an extremely fragile state, and it had gotten to the point that her left leg pushed up through her feeble hip bone, leaving her leg two inches shorter than her right counterpart. She had used crutches and sticks to help her walk for years, and thought she would soon be bound to her wheelchair for the rest of her life.

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Behind the Scenes at RapidFit+

Siddhartha Kunti
July 25, 2014

Cars, cars, cars. Even from a young age I’ve always been passionate about cars. When I was a child and my mother had me in the child’s seat on her bike, I would just point to all the cars around and say the make and model. I love their look, driving them and, most of all, the way they are conceptualized and engineered.

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All Aboard the Baobab Express!

Elizabeth Boorman
July 22, 2014

In our previous blog post, we told you about our initiatives in Benin and even promised we would tell you about African Drive one day. Well, the suspense is over and now you can read all about the African Drive and its first project, the Baobab Express.

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How It All Started: Mobelife

Tim Clijmans
July 18, 2014

In October 2008 at 27-years-old, I was just finishing my PhD in biomedical engineering at KU Leuven and was looking for my next step. I had focused much of my doctorate research on patient-specific planning for cranio-maxillofacial surgery and my colleague Frederik was also finishing up his doctorate degree with a focus on patient-specific implants for orthopedics.

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Materialise’s Valentine Vanheule Wins an Award at the World Congress of Biomechanics

Jamie Milas
July 14, 2014

What are the latest developments in biomechanics? Every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas, engineers and scientists meet at the World Congress of Biomechanics to discuss some of the newest findings in research of the mechanics of all living things: from plants to animals and humans.

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5 Parameters That Decide the Success of Your 3D Printing Project

Pieter Vos
July 11, 2014

Up to how many parts is 3D Printing the most cost-efficient manufacturing technique? It’s one of the most frequently asked questions in the 3D Printing business and at the same time the most difficult one to answer. After all, series size is far from the only parameter that decides the success of your Additive Manufacturing project. With the 3D Print Barometer, Materialise developed a free tool that goes beyond replying, “It depends,” and provides tangible insights in the feasibility of 3D Printing your product.

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3D Printing Prosthetics for Wounded Veterans

Liesbeth Kemel
July 08, 2014

I’ve previously told you about a facial reconstruction story of a man falling off a balcony while he was on vacation. The same way that doctors in the UK were able to restore Jon’s face to the way it was before the fall, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland have been able to restore soldiers’ faces by using Mimics Innovation Suite and 3-matic for 3D Printing prosthetics and implants for soldiers wounded in IED blasts.

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