Production tools are one of the applications where additive manufacturing truly shines. By optimizing the design of this suction gripper for 3D printing, Materialise reduced the manufacturing costs per gripper by half.
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.
Fokker Elmo specializes in solutions to keep the immense wiring of an aircraft clear and manageable before and during installation. With clever 3D-printed assembly tools, Fokker Elmo keeps its production routing process organized, even when handling hundreds of meters of wiring.
PEUGEOT was in quest of the perfect concept car: a fully-electric urban coupé wrapped up in sleek aesthetics — but above all, it had to sound perfect. To create an anechoic chamber in the car’s interior, and maximize the effect of the sound system, PEUGEOT turned to laser sintering.
FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht’s dresses are based on the intersection between technology and design, and explore the interaction between human beings and their personal spaces. For her Audi A4 collection, Anouk used Materialise Magics to prepare her designs for 3D printing.
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.
Today 99% of hearing aids are personalized to uniquely fit the wearer for a more comfortable fit. This example of mass customization was made through a partnership between Phonak, now part of Sonova, and Materialise. The duo created a solution with a better fit by digitizing a labor-intensive process by using custom software and 3D printing.