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High Detailed Stainless Steel: it’s all in the details!

For more than two months now, people are testing our high detailed stainless steel. The results are ashtonishing and the feedback is very positive. Read the guidelines from the designers and get inspired to try it out yourself!

High detailed stainless steel can be situated between silver and titanium. Designers use the material for jewelry or other designs which ask for very small details.

KNITTING
Ras Leaudevie
, a Belgian designer, got inspired by knitting knobs. His design is full of symbolism and looks really fancy on knitting needles.

If you’re looking for needles 2.0, this must be the perfect pair. Leaudevie: “You can’t compare it with other materials, the details are amazing. The only thing you need to count in from the beginning, as for other metals, is the shrinkage allowance.”  So always make sure you read the design guide before going wild with your design.

Da Capo tested the material for one of their rings. “The price is relatively higher than other metals,

Tweak it, build it: unique 3D printed trophies by Twikit

Enough with the generic, uninspired metal medals. Three friends, Martijn, Gijs and Georges, just introduced their company Twikit. Winning will now be even sweeter thanks to their 3D printed personalized trophies.

Winning is great. But everytime I see the medals and trophies I can’t help myself thinking: ‘Again?’ For years, there haven’t been big changes or innovations in the trophy market to supply the winners with a hip and glam -3D printed- medal they deserve. Till now! Belgian based company Twikit is ready to change that industry. Martijn Joris, one of the founders: “We see ourselves as an exponent of the ‘makers’ era with a strong consumer oriented point of view. We want people to tweak and build products in the easiest way possible. Everybody can tweak our designs by using our online configurator.”

The Twikit team created an online platform through which anyone can personalize and order their very own 3D printed award. The company takes care of the production and finishing o

.MGX online shop: buy award winning designs in just one click

Our fantastic colleagues in the .MGX by Materialise team have officially launched their new, expanded webshop. Take a look at their line of 3D-printed, award-winning design products and like us, discover your favorite pieces!

Are you a design lover and collector? In a few clicks, you can now buy a wonderful 3D printed piece for your home by the likes of Patrick Jouin, Arik Levy, or Janne Kyttanen to name a few. Just visit: http://www.mgxbymaterialise.com/webshop

The i.materialise team got together and selected our 3 favorite .MGX designs…which are your favorites?

1. Lily.MGX: this Red Dot Design Award winning lamp, created by Janne Kyttanen, is still a classic in the collection.

2. Detail.MGX: this lamp is the ultimate customized lamp, made from the designer’s, Dan Yeffet, 3D printed fingerprint.


3. Damned.MGX: this chandelier is a favorite of many. Designed by Luc Merx and based on a 17th century painting by P.P. Rubens, it should come as no surprise that it h

Check out our Christmas ornaments collection!

In Belgium, the first snowflakes are falling down so we declared the (Christmas) holiday season officially open! Still looking for some nice presents? Check out the i.materialise collection.

Every year, our Product Designer customizes some Christmas ornaments to pimp your Christmas trees or to hang them around in your house. This year we wanted to make sure that everyone can order some ornaments, so we created a stock. We have picked out four ornaments from which you can choose without waiting for them to be printed.

No worries if you haven’t bought your 3D printed present yet, you still have some time to choose from our collection.  But don’t wait too long of course.

 

Iris van Herpen and Materialise in the Wired Pop-Up Store 2012


Tomorrow WIRED‘s 8th annual pop-up store will open its doors. Give your eyes a treat and check out Iris van Herpen‘s dress, 3D printed at Materialise.

This holiday season, one of van Herpen’s most recognizable pieces – the Escapism Dress – is being featured in the Wired Pop-Up Store in New York City: a shop that offers a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience that takes holiday gifting to the next level.

BOUNDARIES
Proclaimed as the next Alexander McQueen, Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is pushing the boundaries of Haute Couture with great success. Since starting her own label in 2007, Iris has picked up a string of awards, has seen her clothing worn by trend-setting celebrities such as Björk and Lady Gaga, and has had her 3D printed dresses named as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011 by TIME Magazine.

Stop by and check out the dress yourself at this address:

583 Broadway
(between Prince St & Houston St)
New York

Store hours:
11am-7pm
Closed Mondays
No

Black Friday? Not here: check out these new velvet colors!

2015 Update: For this year’s Black Friday we offer free worldwide shipping on every order. No minimum order value, no promo code required. Simply place an order and don’t pay any shipping fees today (27/11/2015).

 

Ready to start your Christmas shopping after a day full of (stuffed) turkey? Then we have some good news: we’re introducing three new velvet colors: petrol blue, ochre and bordeaux.

After the traditional Thanksgiving meal people are looking forward to Black Friday: the kick off of the Christmas shopping season! To add some more color to Black Friday we’re offering you three more velvet colors to finish your polyamide designs with a fluffy look: petrol blue, ochre and bordeaux.

An army of velvet Tinkercad crocodiles: gotta have ’em all!

Now you can choose from a whole range of velvet colors. From bright pink to bordeaux and from green to bright yellow: these finishes will bring your design to a whole new level!

Add some color to your presents, have fun

Brass PU coated has entered the building!

After gold plated brass, we’re happy to offer you the PU coated version! Check out how you can use the material in your designs.

Firstly, we introduced to you gold plated polished brass, but from today on, the natural PU coated version has entered the building! Asked by many people of the community we’re happy to offer you this material. Michael Mueller, designer: “The brass material looks great, really nice to use with jewelry. ”
Brass has by nature a yellow/reddish color. By choosing the PU coated option, your model will keep the original color and be protected against scratches and oxidation. Mueller made a brass PU coated version of his whistle and the result looks stunning:

Compared with gold plated polished brass (brass electroplated with a tiny layer of gold), your design will have a vintage look which you see a lot nowadays. If you compare the two finishes, you can clearly see the difference. More information can be found on the material page.

Designers use th

Raspberry Pi blows life into the Bioscope

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is produced to learn people how to program. Check out how Simon de Bakker and Jon Stam used it for their Bioscope!

The RPi, a single board computer (read: a tiny computer) was developed by the University of Cambridge and is now used for many creative designs. By keeping the price low ($25-$35), the Raspberry Pi Foundation wants to make it accessible to everyone. And it seems to work; on the day of the launch in february the distributing website crashed and the  first 10.ooo RPi’s were sold out in just a few hours time. Since then the RPi  is a real science sensation. Although it’s designed for educational purposes everyone finds its way to this little digital wonder. Just type the name in Google and you will find people using it for digital signage, games or as a cheap home cinema.

Why is it interesting for 3D printing? Well, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t come with a case, so that makes it great to combine with a customized 3D printed case like Jon Stam and Simo

Tinkercad offers academic institutions free software

Tinkercad, the easy to use 3D design web app,  just launched a massive project. For a limited time, qualified academic institutions can use $50,000 worth of Tinkercad software.

What a great project to help democratizing 3D design throughout schools. The first 1,000 applicants can use Tinkercad for free instead of paying the yearly application fee of $75. This on-line application must be submitted by midnight PST on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

In order to apply for this plan, here’s what you’ll need to know:

  • This plan is open to ALL academic institutions, home schools, non-profits and other similar organizations whose mission is to further advance the study and teaching of 3D design and 3D printing to students
  • You must be able to provide accreditation or non-profit status verification
  • The plan applies to the 2012/2013 school year (summer 2013 included)
  • You must currently possess a 3D printer, have access to a 3D printer OR have the intent to purchase one in the 2012/201