Speaker Spotlight: Ilja Laurs on Customizable 3D Printed Game Characters

materialise world conference

The Materialise World Conference is fast approaching and we would like to take this opportunity to present some of the inspiring speakers who will illustrate the many ways that 3D Printing services and solutions can add value in the realm of consumer products. See them in person on April 24th and 25th in Brussels and Leuven and participate in our two-day program full of workshops and conferences that will give you inspiration and the technical know-how to turn your ideas into 3D printed reality. 

This week, our feature presenter is Ilja Laurs, venture capitalist behind the customizable 3D printed game characters Cut the Rope, Pou, Talking Tom and the Tribez.

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Danny van Ryswyk is the Second Nominee for the i.materialise Designer of the Year Award

Self-portrait of Dutch digital sculptor Danny van Ryswyk

After revealing Adrian Gögl as the first nominee for the 2014 i.materialise Designer of the Year Award, we are excited to announce Dutch digital sculptor Danny van Ryswyk as our second nominee. Danny creates stunning, surreal underground artworks with the aid of 3-dimensional software. Continue reading to see some of his incredible projects. Read more…

An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Fused Deposition Modeling


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 often 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 the third part of this series with fused deposition modeling, probably the most adopted 3D printing technology around and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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


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


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

Adrian Gögl

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


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

Big Growth Table by Mathias Bengtsson

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?


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


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…