.MGX Boutique’s Designer Patrick Jouin’s Work on Display at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

One_Shot.MGX by Patrick Jouin

Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam between October 25, 2014 and February 15th, 2015? Be sure to stop by the Stedelijk Museum to see the One_Shot.MGX stool and the Solid C2 chair by Patrick Jouin on display next to other forward-thinking designs in the “Superbox. Design Acquisitions.” exhibition. 

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Join Us for the 3D Printing Event at the 2014 Dutch Design Week

Join Us for the 3D Printing Event at the 2014 Dutch Design Week

It’s been a great year for 3D Printing shows for i.materialise. Time spent at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, a trip to the World Maker Faire New York, a stop at the 3D Printshow in London, with a brief layover at the Maker Faire Detroit. As we move into the last few months we have the pleasure of attending the 5th  International Edition 3D Printing Event. This year’s event returns to Eindhoven, The Netherlands on October 21-22 2014 at Seats2Meet.  For those playing Trivial Pursuit, Eindhoven is the 5th largest city of the Netherlands and was named the world’s most intelligent community in 2011.

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Don’t Miss Out This Year’s Last Chance to Join an i.materialise Meet-Up

meetup december featured

A big thank you to all the attendees who visited Materialise headquarters in Leuven last Friday. It was another exciting and successful meet-up! If you couldn’t make it this time, there’s still one more chance to join us at an i.materialise meet-up this year. Come join the community of 3D Printing enthusiasts on Friday, December 5! Read more…

Join the CGTrader and i.materialise Holiday Gift Challenge and Enter to Win a Free Ceramics or Sterling Silver Print plus a Premium 123D License!

Holiday Gift Challenge

Believe it or not but the Holiday Season is approaching. Fast! That’s we we’ve teamed up with designer-oriented 3D model marketplace CGTrader.com for a Holiday Gift Challenge. It’s a team effort to showcase the range of possibilities that 3D printing brings to Holiday shopping, as designers are invited to work with two distinct categories –Silver and Ceramics

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Change the Focus with Panasonic’s 3D Printed Camera Covers

Panasonic LUMIX GM1

Like any other art form, photography is a way to express yourself. Imagine not only doing so through the pictures you take, but also through the device you take them with. This idea triggered Panasonic to explore 3D printing as a way to personalize its products. The result is a first range of custom covers for the LUMIX GM1 compact camera, presented during the Photokina fair in Cologne, Germany, last week.

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Calling all 3D Designers: Do You Have What it Takes to Join the i.materialise 3D Modeling Service?

Photo of Herdewyn's design sketch at left, and the finished 3D printed design created with the help of Bussels's 3D modeling. From the 7 Sins Collection.

Are you a talented designer, or know someone who is?

The i.materialise 3D Modeling Service might be the place for them! This exhaustive design directory is free to use, and provided as a resource to all of i.materialise’s clients. This growing list is the largest offered by any 3D printing service, and allows clients to find and commission a 3D designer to make ideas into 3D-printed-reality! Each applicant’s portfolio is vetted for quality, and designers are hand-picked for their exemplary skill and reliability. Designers can apply and submit their portfolios here.

Read on about how Frederik Bussels, architect, 3D printed shoemaker, and owner of Visualize-to.be, is growing his 3D design business after being featured in our free directory.

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8 Things to See and Do at the October 2014 3D Printshow in Paris

Header image for the 2014 3D Printshow Blog post by i.materialise's very own Rebecca Roxy Maas

Located in none other than the international capital of romance and adventure, the 2014 3D Printshow is making its annual debut in Paris from October 17th to October 18th! Located in the Carrousel Du Louvre, one of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, this dynamic 3D printing industry event features some of the brightest names in the industry, including designers like Michaella Janse Van Vuuren, Joshua Harker, Julian Hakes, and Michael Winstone. 3D Printshow has also recently expanded, and now features shows in London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Dubai, Madrid, Mexico, Milan, and a city in California!

The i.materialise outreach team will join a top-ranked list of exhibitors in Paris that include Stratasys, Autodesk, MSC Scanning, and many more. We’ll bring along our Touchable 3D Printed Art Gallery, and welcome all attendees to take #Makerselfies touching real 3D printed artwork!

Read on for eight can’t-miss speakers and exhibits to check out in this one-of-a-kind industry event!

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How to Design and 3D Print Chainmail and Other Interlocking Parts


On recent visits to the 3D Printshow in London and Maker Faire New York, many people asked how we made our 3D printed chainmail samples. This structure looks complex, but is actually shockingly simple to make— and a great newbie design project!

This is also a good example of interlocking or “nested” parts, which are often used for 3D printed jewelry, mechanical structures, and some complex dolls/action figures. It can also be used to make cosplay and LARP costumes or props. Our Materials page has the latest information about which 3D printing materials can handle interlocking parts.

Follow this tutorial, lovingly put together by your Community Manager, to use free 3D design software to make 3D printed chainmail and other interlocking parts. Read on!

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Get Brass Faster than Ever: Faster Lead Times!

The header image for a post announcing lead times of i.materialise's brass material. It features a brass pendant and tyrannosaurus rex.

Brass fans rejoice! Our gold-plated brass now ships out of our 3D printing factory faster than anybody else’s! Our fastest brass lead time is down to only 13 business days.

The new 13 business day lead time is for “natural” brass only, but our “gold-plated” variety has also set a record: it ships out in only 15 business days. This is currently the fastest industry lead time in the industry for gold-plated brass material.

To see an estimated arrival date tailored to your project, start by uploading your design here for free. The free quote is instantly and automatically generated. Read on for details and the latest information on all metal lead times.

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6 Amazing 3D Printed Large Scale Construction Projects

i.materialise automotive 3D printing large parts

Additive manufacturing is often associated with small, high-value, low-volume items. Since the early 1980’s 3D Printing technology has continually challenged the boundaries of what is possible– and how large a 3D printed item can be.

Most 3D designs can be digitally re-sized and printed at a large size, but that is not the main intention of a large-scale 3D print. Groups of architects have set out to make history: they believe that 3D printing can transform the way buildings and monuments are made. They strive to 3D print houses, statues, cars, and furniture. For those of you looking to get started, Trimble Sketchup is a good free 3D design software suited for creating architecture models.

Here are 6 large-scale 3D print projects that are pushing the limits of 3D Printing Technology…

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