5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a 3D Model for 3D Printing


We know that modeling for 3D printing can be confusing: In 3D modeling, as in 3D printing, there is no one size fits all approach. We all use different software, print in different materials, and not only use different printers but also different printing technologies. So it’s perfectly normal to feel lost and that it can sometimes seem difficult to design a perfect 3D model for 3D printing. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of mistakes to avoid when turning a 3D model into a 3D print. Read more…

Join Our Next 3D Printing Meetup on June 19th!


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…

A Museum Exhibition that Presents 3D Printing of Today and the Future


People often talk about how 3D printing will change our world in the future. But 3D printing already makes a difference right here, right now. What impact does it have on our individual lives, our society, and our environment? The “Making A Difference / A Difference in Making” exhibition at BOZAR in Brussels answers this question and gives visitors a fantastic overview of the possibilities of 3D printing. Let’s take a closer look at this extraordinary museum exhibition. Read more…

3D Modeling Homer’s Head For The Sake of Science – And Mythbuster’s


All Simpsons’ fans will remember the scene in ‘The Simpsons Movie’ where Homer Simpson swings through the air on a wrecking ball and absorbs the shock with his potbelly. That’s impossible, isn’t it? Can Homer really stop a 5,000-pound wrecking ball from destroying a house? Mythbusters saw it as their mission to find out!
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How to Get Your Perfect Gold 3D Print


3D printing is changing the way goldsmiths work and design. More and more people are asking us how 3D printed items in gold look and feel. In this article, we explain how gold items are created, the difference between 14k and 18k, its various colors, and how to model your 3D design to get the best gold print!

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Magical 3D Printed Shadow Art from Drzach & Suchy: 3D Printing From a Different Angle


Drzach & Suchy are a designer duo like no other: Drzach is an architect who combines art and design, while Suchy is a cryptographer and a software engineer who experiments with holograms and various techniques and materials. Both designers live and work in Zurich, Switzerland, and are always on the lookout for new approaches to visual expression.

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Meet Us at the 3D Printshow in London on May 21-23


From May 21st to 23rd we’ll be attending the 3D Printshow in London. 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 and business ideas.

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How to Get Your Perfect Multicolor 3D Print


Being able to get a print from a multicolor 3D printer is one of the coolest things. However, we get quite a few questions about the look & feel of this material. In this article, we want to explain to you what our multicolor material actually is, what color you will need to expect, and how you need to model your 3D design to get a great multicolor print!

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Shaped by Ancient Memories and Distant Cultures: Francesca Paolin’s 3D Printed Jewelry Collection

Francesca’s Spring and Summer 2015 collection “Opposites”

Asian cultures, African tribes, long-forgotten memories and adventurous dreams: Italian fashion and jewelry designer Francesca Paolin creates one-of-a-kind 3D printed jewelry collections. Instead of choosing conventional materials like precious metals for her designs, Francesca surprises us with colorful 3D prints in Polyamide (nylon). Read on to learn more about her refreshing fusion-designs.

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Essential Maya Modeling Tips and Tricks: Russ’s Tutorial on How to Design Samurai Helmets

Essential Maya Modeling Tips and Tricks: Russ’s Tutorial on How to Design Samurai Helmets

After having presented two stunning 3D models of Japanese samurai helmets last months, Russ Ogi will now show us how he designed them in Autodesk Maya in this tutorial. This beginner-friendly article will cover important modeling tips and get you the knowledge you need to create 3D printable models in Maya.

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