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
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
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.
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
As we are approaching February, many of us start to think about celebrating love and surprising our better halves with a special gift. While a box of chocolate and flowers never go out of fashion, maybe this year you would like to express your feelings in a unique way that will charm your loved one. (more…)
From the whole team here at i.materialise, we’re wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!
We’re wrapping up our 30th-anniversary blog series for our parent company, Materialise, with a look at the final 3D printing technology in our portfolio: selective laser sintering (SLS). SLS, with i.mat offerings in Polyamide (SLS), Alumide, and Polypropylene, has been offered at Materialise since 1998. Over the past 22 years, our team has worked with this technology to reliably print application after application. This next decade, we’re turning our sights on sustainability, and SLS has a major role in enabling our customers to order prints that are manufactured in a more sustainable way with our new Bluesint PA12 material.
We’ve passed the halfway point of our 30th-anniversary blog series, and for October, we’re looking into Metal 3D Printing. Read on to discover how our parent company Materialise utilizes Metal 3D Printing to combine AM’s advantages with tried-and-tested materials and how our team in Bremen, Germany is working to further develop the technology.
On June 28th, we celebrated our 30th anniversary, and we’ve been celebrating every month since by highlighting a different technology on our blog. The focus for September? PolyJet. And you can save 10% on Multicolor+ and High-Detail Resin prints, the materials that use this technology, during September by using the code 30Y_PolyJet at checkout.
This time of year is typically a popular season for outdoor music concerts, but since most festivals are not running like usual this year due to COVID-19, we’re instead placing a focus on music by sharing various musical innovations made possible by 3D printing.