Celebrating 30 Years of Meaningful Innovation

Materialise has come a long way in 30 years. Will you join us for the rest of the journey?   

When we began, computers were large, clunky boxes, and social media and online commerce had yet to be invented. Times have changed, and so have we. 

Materialise was born out of a desire to make a difference using 3D printing. We share a passion for innovation with our customers, as well as a desire to constantly improve, increase efficiency, and solve challenges. We have launched pioneering technology in a range of markets and want to continue doing that, together with you.  

On this page, you can find our company’s highlights from the past 30 years, our special anniversary offers, and how we have impacted and hope to continue impacting many industries.

In-depth Interview with CEO Fried Vancraen

Join us for this interview with Fried Vancraen, founder & CEO of Materialise, and one of the true pioneers of the 3D printing industry. Together with Fried, we will look back at the past three decades and address the upcoming challenges and opportunities for our industry — as we continue to transform manufacturing.

As Materialise celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are reflecting back on the meaningful innovations along the way.

This blog series will look at a different technology every month for the rest of this year. 

Take a look at some of the highlights from Materialise's history to see how far we've come from humble beginnings to becoming a global industry leader in innovative 3D printing and 3D surgical planning solutions.  

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Want to know more about how Materialise has impacted – and can impact – your industry?

Explore our past achievements and our vision for the future of additive manufacturing and personalized treatment in our ongoing blog series. 

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Jo Anseeuw, Managing Director of Materialise Japan, was our 12th employee ever! In this interview with The TCT Magazine, he speaks about programming early Magics products, the vision of CEO Fried Vancraen, and the Japanese adoption of additive manufacturing. 

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