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“3D Printing Is A Revolution”: A Talk With Artist Koen Van Daele

“3D Printing Is A Revolution”: A Talk With Artist Koen Van Daele

Long-time i.materialise user Koenraad Van Daele combines a classical background with modern techniques, creating some truly inspiring designs. In this user spotlight, we talk to him about the inspiration and techniques behind his work and why 3D printing is so important to him.

When Koen began his first project with i.materialise in 2008, it marked a significant shift in his journey through the art world. Classically trained as a marble sculptor from the age of 18, including two years spent in Carrara, Italy — the center of the stone sculpture industry — Koen now mainly focuses his attention on vector art and 3D modeling. But what inspired the shift?

“I bought my first computer in the 90s and started using graphic programs,” he tells us. “I realized that I had a talent for drawing with software. When you work as a web designer or system engineer like I did, it’s very easy to go from one platform to another, and in between, start designing for 3D.”

The perks of 3D printing

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Why Not Make Your Own? From Watch Collector To Watch Designer

Why Not Make Your Own? From Watch Collector To Watch Designer

Five or six years ago, Juha Savisalo started dabbling in a new hobby: collecting and repairing old mechanical watches. As his interest grew, he thought, “Why not create a design of my own?” And that’s what led him to 3D printing watch components through i.materialise. Read on to learn about Juha’s process of creating the watch, why he opted for the methods he chose, and more.

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Brighten Up Your Holiday Season With 3D-Printed Gifts

Brighten Up Your Holiday Season With 3D-Printed Gifts

Whether it’s a gift with an extra personal touch or a decoration for your tree that you just won’t find in shops, there’s plenty to inspire you right here on i.materialise. We’ve dipped a toe into that pool of creativity to bring you some of our favorite ideas in our very own holiday season gift guide.

The lights go up. The sweaters go on. You fondly remember that Michael Bublé exists. It can only mean one thing: the holiday season is here again. It’s a wonderful time of year, filled with friends, family, and of course, a thoughtful gift or two. This year, you can make it more special, unique, and fun than ever by combining it with your love of 3D printing. Just take a look at some of these incredible designs to get you started.

Deck the halls in whatever you want

Tired of tinsel and shiny metal balls? Probably not — it’s hard to beat a classic, after all. But you can definitely add something new to your festive set-up. Take this beautiful Quin Ornament by Bathsheba Grossman or t

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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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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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A Groom-To-Be Creates His Own 3D-Printed Wedding Band For The Most Special Day Of His Life

A Groom-To-Be Creates His Own 3D-Printed Wedding Band For The Most Special Day Of His Life

Wedding days are special days for everyone, and Daniel Weinberger is no exception. To celebrate love and to tie the knot with his beloved wife, this creative IT professional decided to make a custom-made 3D-printed wedding band.

Based in California, Dan has been a long-term fan of 3D printing. Back when he was still in school, he was fascinated with SolidWorks, a 3D CAD software that helps designers create authentic design experiences. Even though he built his career in IT, his interest in design and 3D printing didn’t cease.

“I’ve known about 3D printers for years! Currently, I work in medical device production, and our R&D department has resin printers to quickly prototype and design products we make. It’s nice to have the possibility to see how 3D printing works!” says Dan.

Daniel Weinberger, the maker & designer of the 3D printed wedding band. Photo credit: Daniel Wenberger

Creating a personalized wedding band is a beautiful way to honor a unique bond with your partner