Live Update from the Materialise World Conference


Twenty-five years ago, a young research engineer saw a 3D printer for the first time. Seeing this novel technology in action immediately sparked his interest and, more importantly, his imagination. Now, 25 years in, we are proud of all the meaningful innovations we’ve materialized, and invited the “Leaders of the 3D Printing World” to come to Belgium to celebrate with us at the Materialise World Conference.

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3D Printed Gifts for Geeks and Gentleman


Gift giving is not easy – especially for men. And offering a pair of socks or a new tie every year might not be the most unique idea. But there’s help: there’s something for everyone, from geeks to gentlemen, in our shops. Now might be the perfect time to finally offer them their first 3D printed gift – in plastics, steel, titanium, or even ceramic. Don’t forget: Father’s Day is coming!

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Melinda Looi Makes Waves with New 3D Printed Fashion Collection


For the second time, Belgium 3D printing powerhouse Materialise and multi-award winning fashion designer Melinda Looi have teamed up to launch yet another artistic and technological breath-taking collection entitled “Gems of the Ocean” at Meckler Media’s 3D Print Week, New York. Read more…

Top Five 3D Prints that We’ve Seen This Spring


It’s World Creativity and Innovation Day – reason enough for us to look back at the Top 5 creative 3D prints that we’ve seen this year so far and to be reminded that 3D printing lives through great ideas and creative minds. So sit back and take a look at our Top 5! Read more…

Join Us at Maker Faire Paris on May 2nd and 3rd!


On May 2nd and 3rd 2015 we’ll be attending the Maker Faire in Paris. 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…

Calling All Makers! Create Ideas Worth Making and Contribute to Innovative Educational Tools


Do you believe that 3D Printing can add value in education? Are you a 3D printing enthusiast? Do you like helping others? Create Ideas Worth Making and enter for your chance to win amazing prizes! Read more…

Full Speed Ahead! Get Your Prints in Bronze, Stainless Steel, and High Detail Stainless Steel Faster Than Ever!


Bronze and Stainless Steel fans, listen up! These metals now ship out of our 3D printing factory faster than ever. i.materialise’s fastest Bronze lead time is down to only 10 business days, and those for Stainless Steel and High Detail Stainless Steel are down to 12 days. To benefit from our new, faster lead times, simply upload your design here and get an instant price quote.

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Meet Designer Desmond Chan and His Collection of 3D Printed Precious Metal Jewelry Inspired by Salvador Dali


More and more jewelry designers are discovering the great potential and design freedom that 3D printing offers. i.materialise enables designers from all over the world to order 3D prints in precious metals such as brass, bronze, silver or gold. Desmond Chan, founder of jewelry label Vulcan Jewelry is one of the outstanding designers working with these materials through 3D printing. Read on to learn more about his innovative necklaces and bracelets.

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3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

What happens when 3D printing and Japanese samurai culture collide? Contestants of i.materialise Japan’s latest design challenge might hold an answer. The “Kabuto Design Challenge” has just been launched by the i.materialise Japan team to rediscover kabuto, traditional Japanese samurai helmets, using 3D Printing technology. To inspire the contestants, we collaborated with mixed-media designer and one of the jurors of this challenge, Russ Ogi, to develop a unique pair of 3D printed kabuto. The motif he chose was Raijin and Fujin, the Japanese gods of thunder and wind. Let’s take a closer look at how he developed the design concept and turned his ideas into 3D models.

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Exploring NASA’s History of 3D Printing: Tools, Community Challenges, and Scale Models You Can Print at Home


When it comes to 3D printing, NASA has always been a forerunner. Not only are they using the first 3D printer in space to print tools and spare parts on the International Space Station (ISS), but they also manage to actively include their community in their projects. In this post, we review NASA’s contribution to the field of 3D printing and take a look at their 3D model database and show you how it can be used to create 3D prints. Read more…