Social engagement

A key part of our sustainability program involves supporting NGOs, non-profits, and grassroots initiatives around the world, focusing on projects that involve the use of technology to improve people’s lives and make the world a better place.

Charitable initiatives

Materialise supports a selection of charitable initiatives around the world. Our focus tends to be on projects that engage our people and/or technology, and, as always, we aim to empower meaningful, sustainable change.

Benese Women Holding Bananas

Empowering financial autonomy to Beninese women

In 2020, we donated approximately 2,000 banana plants, one on behalf of each Materialise employee, to the Foundation Hubi & Vinciane for their Banana for Every Woman project. By providing plants and training sessions in banana cultivation, crop processing, budgeting, and sales skills, this initiative aims to improve nutrition in Benin and provide women with financial autonomy.

Benin Summer School Students

Benin Summer School

This long-standing initiative aims to improve the education levels and employment opportunities for less advantaged teenagers in Benin. They are given the opportunity to access higher education scholarships and potentially go on to positions that will enable them to meaningfully contribute to their communities.

The Dream Bus

Silk Road project

This initiative addresses educational inequalities in China by introducing elementary and middle school students to 3D printing via a “Dream Classroom” bus. Since the project’s inception in 2015, it has visited about 200 schools across China and more than 50,000 students have participated.

Featured stories

Maggie Shelter in Cameroon


Maggie Shelters: Where Sustainability, Social Justice, and 3D Printing Meet


November 4, 2021

A woman in Benin, West Africa showing her banana crop


Materialise Celebrates 30 Years with a Gift of Sustainability


February 2, 2021

Special 3D printed arm prosthesis being fitted


3D Printing Creates New Realities for People with Disabilities


November 20, 2020

Doctor attaching 3D printed ventilator valve


Fast and Reliable:
MedTech Solutions amid the COVID-19 Pandemic


April 1, 2020

Three students in China with an instructor learning about 3D printing


The Dream Bus:
Bringing 3D Printing to the Next Generation


March 3, 2020

A Baobab Express coach bus stopped on a dirt road in Benin, West Africa


Baobab Express Attains B-Corp Status — A First in West Africa!


September 17, 2020

An arm pushing down and demonstrating the 3D-printed hands-free door opener


Slowing Coronavirus Spread with 3D-Printed Hands-Free Door Openers


March 19, 2020

A group of teenagers playing an introduction game on the first day of the Benin Summer School program


Benin Summer School 2019


October 8, 2020