How 3D Printing is Changing Architecture: Learning from the Sagrada Familia Team in Barcelona


The world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been using 3D printing since 2001 to continue the work of the great designer Antoni Gaudí. This modernist architect was not able to finish the work during his life, so the Sagrada Familia consortium has to design much of the cathedral themselves. With the assistance of 3D printing, Gaudí’s glorious magnum opus is well on its way to completion. Read more…

Meet Scientist and Artist Frederik De Wilde, Maker of the Blackest Black in the World


Meet Frederik de Wilde: A person who acts on the borderline between science, technology and art. A man who believes that “art is the poetics of the imagination and science is the poetics of reality”. A developer who worked with NASA to create the blackest color on earth. An artist and scientist who uses 3D printing for the good of art and science alike and one of our featured speakers at the upcoming Materialise World Conference.

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How to Choose the Perfect File Resolution When Turning Your 3D Model into a 3D Print


Turning your 3D model into a 3D print is an exciting technological process. However, to make sure you don’t receive an unpleasant surprise, we will show you how to choose the perfect resolution for your 3D file. This will guarantee you a 3D print of the best possible quality. Read more…

How Does 3D Printing Make a Difference in Our Lives? An Exhibition in Brussels Might Hold the Answer


What is so novel about 3D printing anyway? And what impact does 3D printing have on individual lives? What about society? And even larger, the environment? All these questions will be explored at Making A Difference / A Difference in Making, from April 24th to June 7th at the internationally-renowned BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Materialise has been working with curator Marta Malé-Alemany to put together this exhibition that looks at 3D printing with both the eyes of fascination and a deeper observation of its consequences. Read more…

Showtime: Meet Us in Berlin at the 3D Printshow on March 26-28, 2015


For the first time ever, from March 26-28, 2015 you can find us at the 3D Printshow Berlin. We welcome all people interested in 3D printing to come visit us at our booth and learn more about the possibilities of this great technology. We will present our 3D printing materials and services and will be available to discuss your 3D printing projects. Read more…

Tutorial: Creating a Simple Chess Piece in Blender


Learning how to model for 3D print? Creating a realistic looking chess piece can seem like a simple task but it poses a few fun challenges that can be tackled with basic Blender techniques. CG Cookie’s Blender expert Jonathan Williamson will show you what you need to know when creating a simple model and getting it ready for print.

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How a Startup is Using 3D Printing and Crowdfunding to Turn its Dream Into Reality


After several stolen and lost USB flash drives, startup “HelloWiKey” decided to build a device that will keep all your private files safe and secure and that will always be with you: the WiKey. With the help of 3D printing and crowdfunding, these creative entrepreneurs are turning their dream into reality. Read more…

Join Us for Our Hands-On 3D Modeling Workshops on April 25th in Leuven, Belgium


Everybody’s talking about 3D printing but, as a newcomer to the field, knowing where to start can be tough. There is a large range of software to choose from and not all of them are very beginner-friendly. That’s why we decided to launch two workshops as part of the Materialise World Conference on April 25th. In one action-packed day you will get introduced into the exciting world of 3D printing and you will learn the basic skills needed to create your own 3D model. Read more…

Join Us at RapidPro and Learn How to Turn Your Projects into 3D Printed Reality


From March 3rd – 5th 2015, for the fourth year in a row, we’ll be attending the RapidPro Conference in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We welcome all people interested in 3D printing to come visit us at booth 100 and learn more about the possibilities of this great technology. We will present our 3D printing materials and services and will be available to discuss your 3D printing projects.
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An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: ColorJet Printing


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 move on with already the fourth part of this series with ColorJet, probably the most colorful 3D printing technology around and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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