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First 3d printing gallery in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is getting ready for the first 3D printing exposition ever. The initiative comes from a bunch of creative entrepreneurs with a passion for 3D printing.

Do you want to find out more about the mystic world of 3D printing? Then don’t miss this exposition in Amsterdam. From the 6th of April until the 2nd of June you can enjoy the exposition ‘XYZ Shaping Free Dimensions’ which will showcase designs from i.materialise community members Ilse Vermeulen and Eric van Straaten among others like 3D printing artist Nick Ervinck who 3D printed his collection at Materialise and  Joshua Harker, famous from his Kickstarter project. With this project Ground3D wants to introduce everyone in the 3D printing Maker movement.

Our nice colleagues from .MGX added designs from the exclusive .MGX collection to show to the public, so get ready to discover high level 3D printed interior creations from top designers Xander Lust, Jiri Evenhuis, Janne Kyttanen, Bathsheba Grossman, Patrick Jo

Goodbye Tinkercad. 3DTin anyone?

It’s so sad to hear Tinkercad will disappear. But luckily it’s not the only modeler tool that works in a browser. Jayesh Salvi, founder and developer of 3DTin has ensured i.materialise the continuation of his software platform.

We haven’t heard from 3DTin in a while, but this web based CAD program is, like Tinkercad, also an app that lets you save and share the designs you make.  If you export your file you can print it through the i.materialise service.

Some people say its user interface is more complex, but Jayesh Salvi is working on that: “Over 3 years we have built a simple 3D modeling workflow in 3DTin. A lot of users who find traditional 3D modeling tools too daunting, use 3DTin to quickly put together their ideas. We have built a well thought interface for this crowd. At one point we reached a feature-complete state for 3DTin. It became clear that adding more functionality to the existing tool without careful thought is going to spoil it for our existing user-base. So

Tinkercad announces its closure

Only one hour ago we heard the sad news about Tinkercad its closure. The founders decided to concentrate on a new simulation environment called Airstone.

” Our vision was that a software platform created specifically for supercomputers would let us build some very exciting applications. In early 2011 we launched Tinkercad on this platform. It was the first cloud-based 3D CAD ever built and has grown to be a successful product in its category.

In parallel with Tinkercad, we continued development of the core platform. In October 2012, we launched a scripting interface for one of the key components, the Gen6 geometry modeling kernel. And finally, in late 2012, we had several major breakthroughs in our research work on the core platform that opened up application possibilities we had never imagined possible.

In response to these breakthroughs, I’m excited to announce an updated roadmap. There are two major parts to the new roadmap: 1) we are working on an innovative new simulation

First tests with our flexible material!

Our Product Designer Bert is having a blast with the material. Read more about his experiments!

When we open this window in our office and the wind is too hard, the window normally slams against the wall. But not any more! Bert designed a boxing glove with the flexible material TPU which you can attach to the window door handle: bye bye wall slamming windown!

Or what about this cute ergonomical grip for your pencil?

Or this cute squeezable octopus?

We’d love to hear your opinion about this material! What would you do with TPU?

The first fully-functional flexible material is entering the i.materialise building!

Did you like the latest Iris van Herpen dress with the strong and flexibe material? Then we have some good news for you: we’re doing tests to offer you the same material!

Wasn’t it lovely to see the first flexible 3D printed dress on a model?  Designers and engineers have been challenging Materialise to come up with a flexible 3D Printing material that is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of an end-use product, and TPU is their response. Materialise launched it ten days ago and now i.materialise is doing research and tests to provide you with this material as well. The official name of the material is TPU 92A-1.
Just imagine what you can do with it: use it for functional parts, objects that need shock absorption, fashionable items,…


If you look at the pictures you clearly see just how flexible this material really is.

There is only one downside to this material: for the moment it can’t be produced and distributed in the US directly due t

Prepare yourself for Saint Patrick’s Day…With our green dye finish!

Our range of finishes is continuously growing and today we’re happy to introduce our green dye finish for polyamide. Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day!

We’re expanding our family of color finishes more and more. On Valentine’s day we introduced pink to you, today we’re adding green to our range. Try it out for free now, until the 3rd of April!

  • Dimensions max 200 x 200 x 180 mm
  • Pricing: 0,25€ per cm³ on top of the natural white color price + a start up of 1€ per type of model with a maximum of 20€.

Do you want to see the finish yourself?  Order some samples! It’s the best way to get a good sense of the materials. You can buy a basic sample kit or seperate samples.

With 16 materials and over 70 finishes, i.materialise offers one of the widest material ranges in the world to 3D print in. We’re always making sure our designers get the best quality offer and with our design guides on the material pages, we lead you to the finish of your design.



Intellectual Property and 3D printing

It’s great and exciting to see so many ideas coming alive at i.materialise and to notice more and more people find their way to our online service. To help people in the design process, we want to highlight the issue of Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are granted. The principal categories of IP are patents, trademarks, and copyrights. With respect to 3D printing, there are many interesting and unsettled questions about how current IP laws will be applied to this developing technology.

i.materialise strives to respect the IP rights of all third parties, like you. This is still new territory for everyone and because many of the most interesting legal questions have yet to be answered, we want to caution designers to think about IP when creating and uploading new designs.

We wish you a good time designing, creating and amazing us (like you do every day).

Thanks for passing by the i.materialise booth at Rapid Pro

We saw hundreds of curious faces passing by our booth at Rapid Pro (the annual 3D printing and in rapid prototyping event in the netherlands) and had so many interesting and inspiring conversations.

Heaps of people came to our lectures and were happy with the 10 procent discount cards we handed out. People are still amazed by the possibilaties of 3D printing. From  small figurines, iPhone covers and jewelry to the sculptures of Eric van Straaten, 3D printed shoes and lamps. People make, create and design their wildest dreams and we’re happy to showcase those pieces at events.