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3D Printing Blog

The i.materialise blog keeps you updated about outstanding 3D designs, the newest 3D printing technologies and the best 3D modeling software tutorials.

Bookend Challenge Winners

Hello everyone,We are extremely happy with the number of designs we have received on our Blenderartists Bookend design challenge. Here are the 3 lucky winners who will get their design 3D printed and delivered for free:Bookend by Fernando Ribeiro  Bookend by Sketcha  Bookend by BillyTheKid   We would like to thank everyone for participation. We will be hosting several new challenges in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more news from us on our facebook and twitter.i.materialise team 

Patrick Jouin: La substance du design

From February 17 until May 24, 2010, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will present a retrospective of the work of Patrick Jouin. The retrospective includes the Solid Collection and the One_Shot.MGX collapsable stool, produced via revolutionary .MGX 3D printing techniques.

In addition, Patrick Jouin”s latest creation with .MGX will be unveiled. Inspired by both the One_Shot.MGX stool and flower blossoms found in nature, his new lamp features a shade which collapses and expands to release or contain light. As with the One_Shot.MGX, the shade is printed as a single piece, including hinges that in one simple movement, transform the shade from a bud to a blossom.

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Bookend design challenge [Open now] Deadline extended

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that we are launching a design challenge on Blenderartists.
Check this website for more information.


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The 3 winners, who will be selected by our jury, will get a unique bookend set, based on their design.
You are able submit your design until Monday, February 22nd (GMT +1).

Good luck, we hope to see your design 3Dprinted!

UPDATE:
We have received several requests to extend the deadline for the challenge and decided to give 4 extra days for everyone to design and make their entries.

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.

Parallellepipeda

Last night, the official opening of Parallellepipeda took place at the new M museum in Leuven, Belgium. What happens when art and science meet? That was the point of departure when the Parallellepipeda research project was setup in 2007. For three years, eminent artists and scientists from K.U. Leuven and elsewhere opened their worlds to one another and discovered unknown worlds of inspiration. The results of all this can now be seen in the Parallellepipeda exhibition. (more…)

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