Software

MythBusters and Magics: Making Homer Simpson’s Head

Solutions: Magics

Simpsons fans will remember the scene in The Simpsons Movie where Homer Simpson swings through the air on a wrecking ball and absorbs the shock with his potbelly. Wait, can Homer really stop a 5,000-pound wrecking ball from destroying a house? MythBusters had to find out!

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Manufacturing

Trimble UX5 Drones: From Prototyping to Certified Additive Manufacturing

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering, Polyamide, Rapid Prototyping

Trimble UAS, formerly known as Gatewing, started working with Materialise back when they were designing the surveying and mapping drone Gatewing X100. Four years later, the prototyping partnership has evolved into an ongoing certified additive manufacturing project.

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Manufacturing

LIGHT Letters Make for the Heaviest Data Set We Ever Sent to a 3D Printer

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Lightweight Structures, Magics, Mammoth Stereolithography, Stereolithography

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT was looking for a real showstopper to present itself at the LASER World of Photonics 2015: a set of 2-meter-tall 3D-printed letters, spelling out the word LIGHT. Behind the light print, though, lies a very heavy file and some clever design work.

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Software

VTT Presents an Organic, Lightweight Hydraulic Valve

Solutions: 3-matic, Additive Manufacturing, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland wanted to produce a strong and light hydraulic valve with minimal risk of leakage. Since this is an impossible challenge with traditional manufacturing technology, VTT decided to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing.

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Software

A Lightweight Battery Structure: Born to Race

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Magics

At the biennial World Solar Challenge this year, where solar-powered race cars made by university students race an impressive 3,021 km across Australia, the Belgian team’s car had a whopping average speed of 90km/h. One of their secret weapons? An inventive battery structure.

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Software

Cad2reality Brings Architectural Designs to Life with Materialise Magics

Solutions: Magics

AFAS, a family business specialized in software development, is planning to move into new headquarters designed by themselves. They contacted cad2reality, experts in turning complex construction designs into scale models, for a 3D-printed maquette.

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Manufacturing

Setting Wheels InMotion: 3D Printing Titanium Parts for an Electric Race Car

Solutions: 3-matic, Metal 3D Printing

When you’re aiming to make the fastest electric car in the world, every bit of weight optimization matters: so we helped InMotion create lightweight 3D-printed wishbones for the suspension. Thanks to our Metal Printing Factory and software, InMotion is on its way to an ambitious goal.

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Manufacturing

Materialise Grippers for Assembly Line Automation

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Grippers

Materialise’s pneumatic grippers made an appearance at the EXPO MILANO 2015, giving a hand (literally) to ABB’s dual-arm robot, YuMi. With these grippers, YuMi can do much of what human hands can do in an assembly-line job, with more precision and consistency.

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Manufacturing

Materialise and SEIKO’s Award-Winning Xchanger Collection

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Materialise Control Platform, Streamics

At the Silmo 2015 optical fair in Paris, the new 3D-printed SEIKO Xchanger sports eyewear collection won the Silmo d’Or award for excellence in optical innovation. This collaboration between Materialise, SEIKO and Hoet demonstrates yet again the added value that 3D Printing brings to eyewear.

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Medical

Optimal Device Fit for PPVI in Wide RVOT Anatomies

Solutions: Mimics Innovation Suite

At the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mansour AlJufan and his team are treating patients with structural and congenital heart defects. Dr. AlJufan recognized early on that 3D-printed models of a patient’s anatomy could greatly assist in planning complex interventional procedures.

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Medical

Jaw Reconstruction and 3D Planning for Orthognathic Surgery

Solutions: Mimics Innovation Suite, ProPlan CMF

Doctors at King’s College Hospital, London, planned a 3D bimaxillary orthognathic surgery to design a 3D-printed, patient-specific, titanium mandibular plate to restore a patient's facial symmetry and function.

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Medical

Saving a Six-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Knee

Solutions: Surgical Guides

Removing Helena’s tumor was complicated because of the tumor’s proximity to her knee joint. A standard procedure with a 3cm margin would have likely have required an amputation. Here’s how Dr. Gwen Sys managed to save Helena’s knee joint, with the help of 3D Printing.

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