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The i.materialise blog keeps you updated about outstanding 3D designs, the newest 3D printing technologies and the best 3D modeling software tutorials.
Top 5 Reasons to 3D Print through a Service Bureau

Top 5 Reasons to 3D Print through a Service Bureau

Owning and operating a 3D printer can be rewarding to go from design to final finished product all on your own. However, certain aspects like the time spent troubleshooting and optimizing settings to produce quality prints can get tedious. Or after significant investment in time and equipment you may find that you’ve just reached the limits of your 3D printers’ capability, and you would like more options.

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How to Improve Your Creative Business with 3D Printing

How to Improve Your Creative Business with 3D Printing

If you are a designer, jeweler, or creative mind starting your own company, you’ll probably have heard about 3D printing. You might even have thought about introducing it to your company or creative project. However, you may not know where to start or how it can improve your business.

If that is the case, we have some good news for you: it’s easier than you think and well worth your while!  (more…)

You Won’t Believe This Cube Was 3D Printed in One Piece

You Won’t Believe This Cube Was 3D Printed in One Piece

Meet Kurt Plagge, designer of one of the craziest (and smartest) designs we’ve seen lately. His small 3D-printed cubes are from a world of their own and were printed in one single piece. That’s right — no glue, no screws, and no manually attached parts. Thanks to laser sintering in Polyamide and his extreme 3D modeling skills, Kurt has managed to create a 3D-printed object unlike any other.

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The International Space Station Welcomes The Moon Gallery Art Collection Onboard, Including A Miniature 3D-Printed Cube

The International Space Station Welcomes The Moon Gallery Art Collection Onboard, Including A Miniature 3D-Printed Cube

Although the Moon is around 238,855 miles (or 384,400 km away), humanity has always been fascinated by it. From ancient lunar calendars to the Moon landing in 1969 to low and high tides affecting shorelines at this very moment, Earth’s natural satellite is entwined in our past and present. But how will it shape our future? Discover how the Moon Gallery — including a 3D-printed cube — aims to teach us about the unique conditions in space for future generations and extend humankind’s cultural reach into this final frontier.

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To See A Song: Materialise Designers Turn Abstract Idea Into Personalized Car Speaker Grill Design

To See A Song: Materialise Designers Turn Abstract Idea Into Personalized Car Speaker Grill Design

This project began with an idea that was quite basic: giving automotive brands a way to offer personalization in luxury cars. From there, the Design and Engineering team of our parent company, Materialise, tapped deep into the design portion of their role, creating a concept that would enable consumers to make a car truly their own. A design that would allow drivers to not only listen to their favorite song while driving down the highway but to see it as well.

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Recreating Leuven Town Hall In Intricate Detail Using 3D Printing And 100% Re-Used Powder

Leuven is a hotbed for innovation, renowned for its world-famous university and scientific and research-based institutions. The city is also prominent for its drive towards sustainability, gaining accolades such as the European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) and the title of European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) in the last few years. 

Stad Leuven is constantly investigating ways to combine innovation and climate-change initiatives to improve the lives of residents, typically working with local suppliers and businesses that share their ethos. That’s why they contacted our parent company, Materialise, to help with their latest project, an intricate 3D-printed model of Leuven’s Town Hall.

Leuven Town Hall: a gothic masterpiece

Leuven Town Hall (Stadshuis in Dutch) is over 500 years old, so it’s normal that the building needs a bit of a renovation. Certain areas will have improved accessibility, while other structures will be worked on in the future. The restoration plan was the inspira