Fmhofmann Powers Eyewear Creativity with 3D Printing

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

Inspired by the design freedom that 3D Printing presents and armed with a creative concept unlike any other, leading designer Fabián Hofmann presented Materialise with a challenge. To partner with him in creating the industry’s first eyewear range with complex moving parts created entirely from additive technologies. With a re-imagined titanium ‘VOID’ hinge, a lightweight open core frame design, and an entirely new surface finish, ‘Cosmos’ was born.

Airbus Gets on Board with 3D Printing

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

When it comes to retrofitting for aircraft, time is of the essence. During cabin retrofits, the integration of newly designed elements might create a need for adapting or redesigning some panels or spacers, which are typically required in low volumes and short timeframes. With tight retrofit timescales to meet, Airbus was looking for a quick and smart solution to produce these spacer panels, and they found it in Materialise’s Certified Additive Manufacturing.

Shell Brings Robotic Inspection to the Global Energy Industry

Solutions: Laser Sintering, Stereolithography

Employing robots to conduct equipment inspections is a longstanding focus for Shell – one with potentially huge safety and efficiency benefits. To avoid transporting its large and valuable robots to promotional events, Shell asked Materialise to create smaller models to serve as demonstrators. Through a bespoke combination of 3D Printing technologies, materials and finishing techniques, Materialise produced two precise replicas that look exactly like the original machines.

QualiCal’s METRO puts 3D Printing in the Limelight

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering

Italian engineering company QualiCal saw an opportunity for innovation in lime production, and asked — could 3D printing help eliminate the single biggest cause of production downtime? It could and it has. Partnering with us, QualiCal developed a shaft level indicator that offers the potential for increased revenue of up to €1,400,000.

Reimagining Agricultural Pest Control with Soleon’s 3D-Printed Drones

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering, Polyamide

Italian drone company Soleon has diverse projects, from aerial photography to thermal mapping drones. For years now, Soleon has been working with Materialise to adapt their products quickly to the needs of their customers, shorten lead times and reduce the weight of the drone parts compared to expensive and time-consuming milled parts.

Philips’ Lightbulb Moment: 3D Printing Becomes Essential Production Thinking

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing

Working together Materialise and Philips Lighting explored the benefits 3D Printing could offer for components in a production environment. The first two parts we developed; a lamp holder bracket, previously prone to part failure and a redesigned suction gripper; are together realizing cost savings of around €89,000 a year.

Thinking Additive: How Volvo Car Gent Has Reimagined Production Fixtures

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

Volvo Car Gent discovered that streamlining your supply of tools and fixtures can unlock savings, production headroom and more. This 3D-printed gluing jig combines all previous components in one fixture, weighs 64% less and can be delivered in only two weeks at nearly half the price of the previous jig.

Lighter, Faster, Cheaper: Manufacturing Flight-Ready Parts for 328 Support Services

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

328 handles the maintenance, modification and refurbishment of the Do328 fleet. In preparation to re-launch serial production of this aircraft, 328 works with Materialise to make plastic spare parts lighter, cheaper, and faster to produce.

Titanium Inserts for Spacecraft: 66% Lighter with Metal 3D Printing

Solutions: 3-matic, Metal 3D Printing

Each kilogram put into orbit costs around $20,000. Every gram saved helps make space a more attainable frontier. So Materialise worked together with the engineering division of Atos, a global leader in digital services, to reinvent a titanium insert that is widely used in satellites.

Transforming Eyewear and the Eyewear Industry: Yuniku

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

When 3D Printing meets the right application and the right partners, it has the potential to turn around an entire industry. Meet Yuniku, the world’s first 3D-tailored eyewear to introduce vision-centric design — and an open digital platform that allows any eyewear brand to do likewise.

RP CAST Renders Precision Casting More Time and Cost-Effective

Solutions: Magics

RP CAST is a South Korean company specialized in the production of metal parts, ranging from prototypes and small-scale production of turbines to valves and compressor cases. As echoed in their company name, they primarily use precision casting to produce these parts.

GO Wheelchair: Creating a True-to-Life Prototype for the Concept Launch

Solutions: Rapid Prototyping

When you are revealing your latest concept to the design world you need a prototype that truly represents your vision and shows your design to its full potential. You need a 3D printing partner you can trust to deliver high-quality parts, each in the right technology and material.