Join Our Next 3D Printing Meetup on February 13th!

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3D printing thrives because of the inspiration that comes from our community. That is why we invite our community for a meetup at Materialise’s Headquarters a few times a year. We welcome all designers and others interested in 3D printing to show you the possibilities of this great technology. We will present our 3D printing materials and services, give you a peek of our production facility, and discuss your 3D printing projects. Read more…

3D Printing Hits the Right Note

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If music is your passion, it influences every aspect of your life. If you are an engineer, you constantly seek new ways to explore and experiment. What happens when these two worlds collide?
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Adrian Gögl is the First Nominee for the i.materialise Designer of the Year Award

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What an exciting week! After an anonymous vote from all our jury members, we ended up with three designers for the 2014 i.materialise Designer of the Year Award. The first nominee we would like to introduce to you is Adrian Gögl, a young Swiss industrial designer with an innovative 3D Printing project called “Oak & Dust”.

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The Magical World of 3D Printed Comic Creatures: The Adorable Mushables by Elfriede de Rooster

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Belgian designer Elfriede de Rooster, also known as Brrrumblebee, has been drawing ever since she was a small child. Influenced by Belgian comic books and French animation series, she soon started to draw characters from her favorite comics. After working for Studio Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs, and helping in the creation of the Danish film series “Troll Tales”, Elfriede started experimenting with digital 2D painting using Corel Painter before switching to 3D modelling software in 2007. In this post, we get to know the talented designer and learn how she is using ZBrush to make her cute, adorable and warmhearted 3D Printed creatures come to life. Read on to meet these wonderful fellows: the Mushables. Read more…

3D Printing Meets Traditional Cabinetmaking: 3D Printed Furniture by Mathias Bengtsson

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What happens when traditional cabinetmaking and cutting-edge 3D Printing techniques collide? Modern furniture designer Mathias Bengtsson dares to experiment with this premise and delights us with his 3D Printed ‘Big Growth Table’ – a mix of Materialise’s technology and nature’s beauty. Read more…

New Trophy Revealed – Who Will Be the 2014 i.materialise Designer of the Year?

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For the second year, i.materialise will hand out a Designer of the Year Award to a deserving designer from all of the outstanding and creative submissions received in 2014. The jury has picked three nominees known for their talent and creativity and will soon decide which designer will receive the coveted 2014 trophy. Read more…

Kaat Debo, Alexandra Verschueren and Tobias Klein Make 3D Printing Crystal Clear

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Fresh off the printer, the “Incunabula” is the latest dress 3D printed by Materialise as part of the “1914 Now: Four Perspectives on Fashion Curation” installation. Following Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale “Absorbing Modernity: 1914 – 2014, four curators were asked to respond to the exhibition with a fashion piece and film installation. Their results challenge modern-day concepts and push us to rethink contemporary fashion. Read more…

Which 3D-Printed Jewelry is Best for Her? Valentine’s Day Style Guide

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Gentlemen, as you probably know, Valentine’s Day is approaching. Finding the perfect gift that is going to delight your loved one is really tricky. But this year, new technologies can help you more than ever: what about giving something that really comes from you, from the heart and made especially for her? You can do this thanks to personalized jewelry and 3D printing. To make sure you make the right choice and have a wonderful time with your lady, let’s have a look on which type of custom jewelry best matches her style.

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Viva Las Vegas – i.materialise looks back at CES 2015

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Taking place in Las Vegas from January 6th to 9th, this year marked the second edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 3D Printing Marketplace. Organized by the intrepid team at TCT Magazine + Personalize, it was i.materialise’s first time participating in the event. Just like the awe-inspiring hotels and casinos of its host city, it goes without saying that CES was an incredibly huge and impressive event with more than 150,000 visitors. Read more…

An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Laser Sintering

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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 continue the second part of this series with laser sintering, by far one of the most popular 3D printing technologies and an example of a direct 3D printing technique.  Read more…