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THE ROBOTS ARE BACK

i.materialise recently sponsored the price for the Doga CG robot contest in Japan, by 3D printing the winning design.

Hiro, our Japanese colleague, had the chance to meet the winner, Yuunagi – to give his price and to ask him some questions. You can read his answers below, along with some pictures of his 3d printed robot character.

Yuunagi is a 3d model hobbyist active in Computer graphics since 6 years. He creates amazing renders of robot characters.

Hi Yuunagi, Did you enjoy the contest and the award?


“It was a great challenge, open for everyone to participate, also for beginners. Those challenges are a great chance to sharpen your 3D modeling skills. I will participate in the next one for sure.”


What do you think on your 3D printing model?


“I was surprised and excited to win the challenge. It’s amazing to see how my design came alive as a real model. It’s fun to touch it. I heard 3d printing is used a lot in the industry, but it

Free stl viewer helps in making your model 3D print ready

MiniMagics can help you in making your model 3D print ready when you have a model in STL format.
A summary of the features of MiniMagics is available at the download site.

But especially 1 feature can allow you to save precious time.
A model has to be ”watertight” before we can 3D print it.
Watertight means that all edges of the triangles of which your model consists of need to have a mutual edge with another triangle.

When the model is not watertight, our i.materialise service might not be showing a price online.
Our server tries to ”fix” the uploaded model and make it watertight automatically but when the gaps between 2 edges of triangles is too big, the fixing process might fill up the hole in a way that it effects the geometry of the model too much. So we limit the fixing within the boundaries that it is safe to fix.

Why don’t we show prices for models that are not watertight ?

Models with bad edges or holes will produce incorrect price parameters and hence inco

Shipping costs for Europe are lowered

Delivery to countries of the European Union has become a lot cheaper. i.materialise swapped from express service delivery to standard delivery. Standard delivery means road transport and thus in some cases 1 or 2 days slower than the express delivery but in favor of your wallet.

I”ve received feedback from the customers that they would prefer to wait a bit longer than to pay for fast delivery.
You will find now that the transport starts from 8 euro instead of the earlier 12 euro. The savings are bigger for the higher transport costs.

Why i.materialise was born

1985. For the first time I was invited to my girlfriend”s parents house and had to find an original gift for the Christmas party. Pondering many items to shop for, I could not find anything that really fitted the occasion. I finally decided to make something myself. Somewhat naive, I risked hitting the limitations of my creativity and skills, but I decided to imitate some artifacts seen on a previous holiday in Spain.

I made a statue of my bird watching girlfriend and her dog with FDM (Fumbling Deposition Modeling), a technique by which you deposit liquid metal paste on a folded wire structure. (No computer involved yet, but a quite similar technique entered the market 9 years later to become the most selling additive manufacturing machine). While most at the party probably were not rating my artistic capacities very high, the gift was enthusiastically accepted.

Even better, nearly 25 years and 3 teenagers later, we have already consumed many coffee machines, washing m

The holiday idea

There is a little over a month left until the holiday season, and it is time to start thinking about holiday presents for your loved ones. But what could be a truly awesome holiday gift for someone who is important to you? Well, we came up with a few things that should help you out in making a proper gift. First of all, the gift should be personal, and hopefully something that the other person feels passionate about. Second, on most occasions it is great if you could get something unique, or possibly create something unique, something that can truly transcend your feelings and appreciation of that person you will give it to, whether it’s your boyfriend or your mother. (more…)

And then the i.materialise-blog was born..

Hello everyone and welcome to the official i.materialise blog. This is your source for all i.materialise related projects, updates, and information on our developments, special offers and contests. We will be posting interesting information related to 3D printing and design here as well.

So, what is i.materialise? i.materialise is a brand new 3D printing service that we are launching in an effort to make 3D printing as easy as printing on paper, simple as that. Basically, with this project we intend to make 3D printing available to everybody who likes to create stuff. We are building on over 20 years of industrial prototyping, tooling and 3D printing experience, and are aiming to bring all of our knowledge to your doorstep. Our selection of materials and finishes is one of the biggest on the market, and we are planning to continuously improve our website, hopefully not without your help 😉

Currently, i.materialise is in the BETA stage and this means that our services are now avai