Materialise Launches the Next Innovation in Metal 3D Printing Software

November 14, 2017

Materialise to introduce automated support generation software for metal 3D printing

Frankfurt, Germany – November 14, 2017. Materialise is the first company to offer software that automatically generates support structures for metal AM parts. This patented innovation will allow users to drive down costs for metal 3D printing, as well as save significant amounts of time. Visitors of formnext will have the opportunity to see parts created with Materialise e-Stage for Metal at booth 3.0 – C48.

For more than ten years, Materialise has provided successful automated support generation software, called e-Stage for stereolithography and DLP technology. As metal 3D printing gains momentum, Materialise is now expanding this software for metal parts. With the introduction of the new e-Stage for Metal, the automated support generation becomes available for titanium, aluminum and stainless steel parts.

The Materialise e-Stage for Metal delivers significant time savings compared to manual support generation, including support design (up to 90%), support removal (up to 50%) and part finishing (up to 20%). In addition, nearly all of the expensive metal powder trapped in the support structures can now be recovered. The automated process also limits the risk of human error and related build crashes.

The time savings delivered by the automated generation of metal supports enables engineers to focus on other tasks. The elimination of manual work makes the process much more reliable and efficient, which allows us to meet increased customer demands.

— Ingo Uckelmann, Technical Manager of Metal 3D Printing, Materialise Bremen.

Using e-Stage supports for metal AM brings good improvements compared to traditional supporting methods. We, at AIRBUS APWORKS GmbH, are convinced about the e-Stage potential to reduce powder consumption, reduce post-processing time, increase build job speed while still guaranteeing a high build stability. This is an important step towards reduced printing costs.

— AIRBUS APWORKS, beta tester of Materialise e-Stage for Metal.

As the metal AM industry grows, so does the need to integrate automated processes. Materialise e-Stage for Metal provides significant cost and time savings for companies looking to scale up their metal production. We continuously work with our customers to explore new ways to make their metal 3D printing production more efficient.

— Stefaan Motte, VP Software, Materialise

At formnext, visitors to Materialise’s booth in hall 3.0, C48 can have a closer look at the amazingly thin connections and open grid structure and gain deeper insights into how the software can optimize their business. Demo sessions and live presentations about e-Stage for Metal will be available at the same booth during the four days of the fair.

For more information on Materialise e-Stage, please visit:

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates 30 years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Materialise’s open and flexible solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including health care, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest and most complete 3D printing facilities in the world.

Materialise press contact

Nils Torke

Twitter: @MaterialiseNV

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