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The Heat Is On: Get 10% Off On All Orders Over €250 With Our Promo Code “Creativesummer2021”! 

The Heat Is On: Get 10% Off On All Orders Over €250 With Our Promo Code “Creativesummer2021”! 

This summer might be the perfect time to start a new 3D project and materialize your wildest ideas. If you are taking a holiday from work, you can dedicate more time to your hobbies, including exploring your creativity in 3D software and design something extraordinary. To give you an extra creative boost, this week, we are launching our special Summer Sale!

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An Interview With Materialise’s CEO: The Top 5 Highlights

An Interview With Materialise’s CEO: The Top 5 Highlights

Looking back at three decades

In June 1990, Fried Vancraen and his wife, Hilde, founded Materialise and embarked on a mission to create a better and healthier world through our hardware and software infrastructure and an in-depth understanding of 3D printing.

But the radical change didn’t come overnight. With incremental steps, 3D printing has indeed revolutionized the way we manufacture products and has helped to save lives. This interview between Fried and Kristof Sehmke, our Communication Manager, goes over the last 30 years of the company’s story with a look forward to the future. Read on to learn about five highlights from the interview!

1. Surprise at the evolution of AM

Fried says, “I always recognized 3D printing as a paradigm shift in manufacturing and as a technology with huge opportunity,” but he has been pleasantly surprised with the technology as it exists today — especially when it comes to metal sintering. He adds, “It h

Five Top Tips To Perfect Your 3D Printing Files

Five Top Tips To Perfect Your 3D Printing Files

When the time finally comes to hit that hallowed upload button and get your 3D printing project underway, you want to make sure your design follows every rule and is ready to go. While our team is always here to double-check every submission and flag any errors, following our five top tips will help ensure every file is printable and maybe even cut down on some of your costs while you’re at it.

#1: Make your model watertight

For your file to be ready to print, all of your surfaces must be connected without any gaps in the sides. So, before you submit your design, look over your model and ask yourself one question: if I were to fill it with water, would it flow out? If the answer is yes, it’s important to close it, as shown in the example below. This process is also known as ‘creating a manifold model’.

In this example, the clear gap in the design means it would not be suitable to print.

#2: Add wall thickness and volume

Every surface of your 3D model must be assigned a wall th

What Materials Should You Use For 3D Printing? The Choice Is Yours.

What Materials Should You Use For 3D Printing? The Choice Is Yours.

You’ve got a great idea, you’ve drawn it out, and you’d love to see it come to life through 3D printing. But what material should you choose? With i.materialise, it’s entirely up to you — whether it’s plastic, metal, or resin, you’ve got plenty of options, and we’re here to walk you through them.

But first… what do you need to know?

The material you choose will impact more than how your model looks and feels — it’ll even decide which 3D printing technology is used to make it! But, what matters most is that you get to see just how many options you really have — by discovering all the possibilities, you’ll be able to create a design that truly makes you happy and best suits your needs.

3D printing in Polyamide

When you’re looking to create a model from plastic, Polyamide is the most popular choice. When used for Laser Sintering, it is strong, flexible, and can create moving or interlocking parts. Though naturally white, Polyamide can be easily dyed to bring a burst of color to your d

PAL Robotics Makes a Case for a Perfect Synergy Between Robotics and 3D Printing

PAL Robotics Makes a Case for a Perfect Synergy Between Robotics and 3D Printing

The era of robots is already here.

Over the last decade, robots have slowly moved from secluded research labs and automated production lines towards more interactive fields, such as pharmacies, hospitality, retail, etc. They can contribute towards high-quality products, shorter turnaround times in the manufacturing sector, and are usually highly reliable. Combined with AI, robots can successfully work with humans in more collaborative and interactive ways.

Most recently, influenced heavily by the pandemic, there has been a surge of medical and social robots powered by Artificial Intelligence Technology. Social robots interact with humans in a socially acceptable manner, and they can support humans in healthcare, residential homes, public spaces, and in the hospitality industry. For example, social robots can provide excellent assistance in hospitals to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. They can act as receptionists to provide general information and control the flow of new incoming vis

From Swarovski Competition To Reusable Bag: How An Innovative Designer Created A Fully 3D-Printed Purse

From Swarovski Competition To Reusable Bag: How An Innovative Designer Created A Fully 3D-Printed Purse

Since 2009, when we launched our i.materialise platform, our mission is to enable creative people worldwide to design and sell their unique 3D-printed objects. One of the makers who caught our attention is Marta Cherednik, a Singapore-based 3D printing designer who runs a design studio MALINKO.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Marta has quite a peculiar background story. First, she studied geology. After graduating, she moved to Australia, where she worked in mines for a few years as a geologist. Later on, she decided to change her career. She was interested in learning how things are made and how to find a creative outlet for her ideas, so she studied Industrial Design. For seven years, she worked for an Australian train company, where she honed her skills in designing trains and learning about highly technical aspects of industrial design.

Despite the exciting job, she wanted to express her creativity, even more, so she started designing small 3D-printed objects. Her des

Transformative TV: 3D Printing Helps Create New Realities For People With Disabilities

Transformative TV: 3D Printing Helps Create New Realities For People With Disabilities

Lien is a rock guitarist with a degenerative spinal condition who used to play seated on a box in a corner — now she commands the stage from her throne. Catering manager Debby was born without a left hand — today, she serves tables as efficiently as any of her waiters. Two very different dreams have become reality. And the team at Materialise Mindware used 3D printing to help make it happen.

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