An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Stereolithography

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Contrary to popular belief, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing. Although we offer 17 different materials and over 90 possible color and finish combinations, it takes us several different technologies to get the job done.  In general, 3D printing technologies can be split up into 2 groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used in the process of creating your model (indirect). Let’s kick this series off with stereolithography, mother of all 3D printing technologies and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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Ready, Set, GO! Slot Car Racing at Euromold 2014

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The Materialise Slot Car Championship races over to Germany, a country that’s known around the world for its car manufacturing industry, for one last contest. More specifically, we went to Frankfurt for EuroMold, the world’s leading trade fair for design and application development, moldmaking and tooling. Over the course of 2014, Materialise organized a series of slot car races where participants could let their imagination run wild and 3D print their slot cars which they made with a whole range of Additive Manufacturing technologies. What better way to show visitors what’s possible with 3D Printing than racing slot cars while enjoying a beer?

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.MGX to be on Display at the First Major 3D Printing Exhibition in Athens

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Good news for 3D Printing fans in Greece: some of the best 3D Printed items from the .MGX collection will be on display at 3D Tora, the first major exhibition in Greece dedicated entirely to 3D Printing. The exhibition will be held from December 15, 2014 until January 31, 2015, at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. If you’re visiting Greece for your Christmas holidays, you’ll want to add this exhibition to your must-see list! Read more…

Highlights and Our Favorite Moments from Maker Faire Tokyo!

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The third annual Maker Faire Tokyo was held on November 23rd and 24th at Tokyo Big Sight, gathering more than 13,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors. The Maker Movement in Japan seems to be getting bigger than ever, and we were very happy to see how passionate you all were about 3D Printing. Here’s a wrap-up of the two-day event from the i.materialise Community Outreach team in Japan!
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Introducing Improved API Documentation

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In the summer of 2011, Tinkercad, the easy-to-use, browser based 3D design tool for all, launched a one-click integration with i.materialise. We were the first online 3D printing service that could print models straight from Tinkercad. This would have never been possible without our API (Application Programming Interface). The interfaces (API) that allows your apps or websites to connect with our systems, have grown tremendously ever since, so we improved and revamped all the documentation that surrounds it. Hello Developers!

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i.materialise and Twikit Now Powering 3D Printing at Auchan

i.materialise and Twikit Now Powering 3D Printing at Auchan

Ever dream of going into a store and customizing an item to be 3D printed? Well, now customers of Auchan’s store in Lille can go to Yoomake, an in-store kiosk, to make “mini-me” figurines, jewelry, trophies and medals to be 3D printed at i.materialise. Even people with no previous 3D printing experience can customize a design and get involved to get high-quality prints. Read more…

Suit Up for the DAMN x Café Costume 3D Printed Jewelry Collection (For Men)

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Introducing a unique partnership between Café Costume, architect designer duo DAMN and Twikit, a pioneer in 3D customization. Inspired by Kunstwerkstede ‘De Coene’, they have created a collection of customizable 3D printed cufflinks, tiepins and money clips. The collaboration ties in perfectly with the world of new craftsmanship, in which 3D printing makes it possible to give each item a unique character. 

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i.materialise Franchise in Southeast Asia!

To all our readers in Southeast Asia: i.materialise will soon be closer to you! Thanks to an agreement signed on November 27th, Ultra Clean Technologies (UCT) is now a franchisee of i.materialise.

To read more about this partnership, read our press release here.

We’ll keep you updated through our blog on any new developments and what this will mean for you exactly.

Free Shipping for All during the Thanksgiving Weekend

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We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We would like to thank you again for the trust that you have placed in us over the years and wish you and your family all the best. Traditionally, Black Friday is the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season, and it’s your lucky day because we are kicking off a free shipping weekend!

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Throwback Thursday: Getting Ready for Take Off

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In the summer of 2009, the first version of i.materialise was ready. One month before going live, we tested the whole process of support, file fixing, production and logistics on 700 Materialise colleagues worldwide. This alpha test invited everyone to print one project for free and it taught us a lot about running an online 3D printing service.

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