Visit the Miniature, 3D-Printed City Hall of Antwerp

Stephanie Benoit
March 26, 2018

The city hall of Antwerp is one of the city’s architectural crown jewels. Dating back from the 16th century, it hadn’t undergone significant restauration for the last 60 years, and the grand old building was starting to show signs of its age. The municipality of Antwerp has set an ambitious restauration project in motion, which will be explained and displayed at Paviljoen Antwerpen Morgen. Held at MAS, the exhibition will cover the biggest urban development projects the city has planned for the future. And taking center stage is a giant 3D-printed model of the renovated city hall!

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3D Visualization and Guidance: Transforming Musculoskeletal Trauma Surgery from an Art to a Predictable Craft

Valerie Vervueren
March 19, 2018

Prof. Stefaan Nijs, Chairman of Trauma Surgery at Leuven University Hospital, illustrates in his webinar ‘3D and musculoskeletal trauma’ why 3D-printed implants in post-traumatic surgeries have huge potential to solve dramatic cases which would not have a solution otherwise.

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A Crown Fit for a Queen: 3D Printing Hits the Big Screen in Black Panther

Stephanie Benoit
March 15, 2018

It’s been hard to miss the excitement across the world about Marvel’s latest superhero movie, Black Panther. Head Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter’s luscious costume design has taken center stage. In order to bring her otherworldly blends between traditional African designs and the futuristic elements of the highly developed Wakanda civilisation to life, Carter approached Julia Koerner to collaborate on cutting-edge wearables for Queen Ramonda. Julia Koerner is an inter-disciplinary designer, experienced in architecture, industrial and fashion design, and specialized in 3D-printed wearables.

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Designer of the Year Unfold Features 3D-Printed Sculptures in Design Museum Gent

Stephanie Benoit
February 28, 2018

Every year, a Belgian designer is nominated as the Designer of the Year by the Biënnale Interieur, Knack Weekend and the Design Museum in Gent. This year’s winner was none other than Unfold, a design duo composed of Claire Warnier and Dries Verbruggen. We’ve had the privilege of collaborating together with Unfold on a number of their pieces, which are now on display at the Design Museum of Gent as part of a solo exhibition in honor of the Designer of the Year award. A parallel exhibition called “Hello Robot” is also being held at the same time and builds on the themes of design exploration at the intersection of man and machine.

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The Business Case that Started a 3D Lab

Marta Sambaer
February 26, 2018

The North Manchester General Hospital in the UK is building a name for itself with its newly established 3D printing lab. His business case proved to be a very obvious path towards integrating a 3D lab in the hospital. Here’s how he built his case and how his success story developed.

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Experience Art and Eyewear Combined with ØRGREEN+YUNIKU at MIDO

Natalie Simpson
February 22, 2018

Scandinavian minimalism never had trouble looking good. And now thanks to Ørgreen and Yuniku, it can help you see better too. Last October, Copenhagen-based designer eyewear brand Ørgreen joined the Yuniku customization platform co-created by Materialise and HOYA Vision Care. This weekend, at MIDO in Milan Ørgreen will showcase their Ørgreen+Yuniku collection through a unique art installation by Gamfratesi Design Studio that gave their minimalist style an abstract twist.

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Blast Off: 3D-Printed Wrocław Gnome Makes It to the Stratosphere

Stephanie Benoit
February 15, 2018

Initially used a symbol of peaceful resistance against the Polish communist regime during the ‘80s, the gnome, or krasnal, has grown to become the symbol of the city of Wrocław. In fact, there are currently over 300 gnomes dotted around the city and it’s a popular tourist pastime to spot as many as possible. Poland celebrated its 100 years of independence this year – and Mr. Waldemar Plusa, together with the city of Wrocław, decided to commemorate the occasion by using their symbol in a very special way.

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Micro-CT Imaging Reconstructs the Tree of Life: Understanding Placental Blood Flow

Sabine Van Canegem
February 14, 2018

We’re pleased to introduce Nikhilesh Bappoo, our first prize winner of the Mimics Innovation Award 2017 APAC region. Nikhilesh developed a bioengineering framework to better understand how evolving blood flow affects the biomechanics of placental vasculature during pregnancy. In his groundbreaking research paper, he explores placental physiology by creating a 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of a rat’s placenta.    

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Vehicle Development, Simplified: The RapidFit Smart Cube

Radhika Dhuru
January 31, 2018

If you’re an automotive quality inspection engineer, chances are you’ve resigned yourself to a dizzying array of fixtures, development bucks and cubes to guide you through the vehicle development process. Clay models and surface release models for styling, prototype assembly bucks and blue bucks for engineering, fixtures for quality control — does that sound like your average toolkit? RapidFit has a radical solution. You can replace all those tools and fixtures with one: the RapidFit Smart Cube. Filip Dehing, RapidFit Managing Director, explains how that works.

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5 Basic 3D Model Repair Functions Every Data Prepper Should Know

Kirsten Van Praet
January 30, 2018

If you have some experience with designing and printing 3D models, you know how important it is to repair your 3D file after conversion from CAD to STL. The design may look perfect, but when you start printing it, the build can fail. An error can easily slip the eye, which is why STL editing software can help you avoid printability issues and ensure a successful print. Discover the STL repair and editing tools you need to create a watertight, printable 3D model: and they’re all available in Materialise Magics software.

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