The Future is…Industry 4.0

Nele Motmans
September 30, 2019

Industry 4.0 is the hot new buzzword in manufacturing, but it isn’t always clear what it means and the magnitude of the transformations it can bring.

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Quigley Design and Viridian Consultants Take End-Use Additive Manufacturing All the Way to the TCT Awards

Elizabeth Boorman
September 24, 2019

“When you’re a designer, you’re only as good as the projects that come along for you to do.” Designer Kevin Quigley may be as modest as he is talented. Recently recognized by the TCT Group for their annual design awards, he and his Quigley Design team have shown just how skilled they are, creating a complex, highly innovative tool for nuclear decommissioning in partnership with Viridian Consultants.

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3DP&Me: “When customers can see exactly what’s possible and practical with additive, it leads to that 'Aha!' moment”

Elizabeth Boorman
September 17, 2019

In this interview, we talk to Jurgen Roekens, Materialise’s Design and Engineering Director, about how the Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) process helps his clients produce exactly the right engineering solution that adds value in many different ways.

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Our New TPU Has Crisper Details, Smoother Surfaces, and Higher Accuracy

Elizabeth Boorman
September 09, 2019

What makes Materialise’s new Ultrasint TPU 90A-01 a dream for 3D printing? Its reliability, durability and extremely flexible nature, according Giovanni Vleminckx, Research Project Manager in our process engineering unit. We recently sat down with Giovanni, who researches all new materials and technologies that we offer, to get an insider’s view on the ins and outs of the new TPU offering made using Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).

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3D Printing in Healthcare – Transforming Global Expertise into Local Care

Brigitte de Vet
August 01, 2019

When we think about the impact of 3D printing on the healthcare industry, we mostly think about the product innovations it enables. From today’s reality of 3D printing fully-customized skull implants, to future hopes and promises of printing vital organs. These product innovations build on the fact that 3D printing is an inherently digital manufacturing technology, enabling complex designs and increased functionality. Moreover, 3D printing allows for the creation of patient-specific instruments and truly personalized implants that take into account the patient’s unique anatomy. However, the impact of the technology doesn’t end there; 3D printing also enables significant process innovations.

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Why Hospitals Turn to Point-of-Care 3D Printing

Elizabeth Boorman
July 17, 2019

More haptic perception, fully integrating with electronic medical records, and talking to patients without the use of screens are just a few reasons discussed at the 3D Printing in Medicine Course as to why hospitals are turning to Point-of-Care 3D Printing. The event, which took place at the M Museum in Leuven, Belgium, on June 13 and 14, 2019, brought together clinicians, medical imaging specialists, engineers, and other experts involved in turning medical imaging data into anatomical models in hospitals to share learnings, findings, and cases to further the field.

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How is Materialise becoming greener? Through ISO 14001.

Elizabeth Boorman
July 04, 2019

Materialise’s Director of Quality Management, Risk and Compliance, Ward Callens, is heading a team that is using ISO 14001 as a system to reduce Materialise’s footprint. In the interview below, he describes the ins and outs of what this certification actually means, and the important role that sustainability plays at Materialise.

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AI Cuts Number of Changes to Knee Surgery Planning by 50%

Adriaan Lambrechts
July 03, 2019

Surgeons would need to make 50% fewer changes to AI-based pre-operative plans compared to current ones. This is according to a research project we conducted here at Materialise with Dr. Raf De Vloo, an orthopedic surgeon at AZ Klina in Belgium, in which we applied AI-based planning to 193 cases. This technology learns an individual doctor’s preferences for surgical approaches and, based on those, provides higher-quality pre-operative plans.

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How to know if your clinical case is appropriate for 3D printing? Check the RSNA guidelines.

Todd Pietila
June 26, 2019

These guidelines are furthermore influential as they will support new billing codes, called CPT codes, for Point-of-Care 3D Printing, which are due to implemented in July this year. These initial CPT codes make it possible to collect more data on the prevalence of 3D printing and for what cases it is used across U.S. hospitals and will ultimately pave the way for further reimbursement initiatives.

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4C Medical Technologies works with Materialise to Bring Mitral Regurgitation Solution to Market

Sabine Van Canegem
June 14, 2019

4C Medical Technologies is a medical device company working on minimally invasive solutions for structural heart diseases. Vice President of R&D and Operations Dr. Saravana Kumar and his team, are working striving to bring to market an their award-winning AltaValve, an innovative solution to addressing mitral valve regurgitation. Thanks to two delivery options, the device is easy to use and suitable for any anatomy in the patient population.

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