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Tutorial: Creating a Simple Chess Piece in Blender

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Learning how to model for 3D print? Creating a realistic looking chess piece can seem like a simple task but it poses a few fun challenges that can be tackled with basic Blender techniques. CG Cookie’s Blender expert Jonathan Williamson will show you what you need to know when creating a simple model and getting it ready for print.

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An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: ColorJet Printing

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Contrary to popular belief, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing. Although we offer 17 different materials and over 90 possible color and finish combinations, it takes us several different technologies to get the job done.  In general, 3D printing technologies can be split up into 2 groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used in the process of creating your model (indirect). Let’s move on with already the fourth part of this series with ColorJet, probably the most colorful 3D printing technology around and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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Tutorial: How to Paint a Prime Gray Scale Model

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Guido Mandorf is a German designer that makes wonderful scale models of trams. He designs them in SketchUp, mostly prints them in Prime Gray and always finishes them with a beautiful paint job. If you ever wondered how he gets such nice results, Guido was so kind to describe his workflow and the tools and paints he uses in an illustrated tutorial.

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An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Fused Deposition Modeling

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Contrary to popular belief, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing. Although we offer 17 different materials and over 90 possible color and finish combinations, it often takes us several different technologies to get the job done.  In general, 3D printing technologies can be split up into 2 groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used in the process of creating your model (indirect). Let’s move on with the third part of this series with fused deposition modeling, probably the most adopted 3D printing technology around and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Laser Sintering

ZooM lampshade by Michiel Cornelissen, printed in Polyamide

Contrary to popular belief, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing. Although we offer 17 different materials and over 90 possible color and finish combinations, it takes us several different technologies to get the job done.  In general, 3D printing technologies can be split up into 2 groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used in the process of creating your model (indirect). Let’s continue the second part of this series with laser sintering, by far one of the most popular 3D printing technologies and an example of a direct 3D printing technique.  Read more…

The 2015 Materialise World Conference: 3D Printing Brought to You

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Join us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Materialise at the World Conference on April 24-25, 2015 in Brussels and Leuven! Come to hear inspiring speakers who will illustrate how 3D printing services and solutions can add value in the realm of 3D printing consumer products. And don’t miss our workshops to see designing in action as our top-notch experts guide you through a creation experience.

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Best Wishes for 2015!

Best Wishes for 2015!

2014 was again a great year for 3D printing, but let’s make 2015 an even greater year! Thank you all for contributing to this wonderful experience.

And to celebrate the New Year, we offer you the following discount: if you order between January 1st and January 15th 2015, you will receive a 15% discount, valid for 15 days, on another upcoming purchase.

Happy to serve you in the New Year!

The i.materialise Team

Place an Order over 250€ and Get a Free Ceramics Candle Holder!

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We couldn’t agree more when we hear Andy Williams singing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’. The Holiday season has arrived and it’s the perfect time to hand out free 3D printed gifts.

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An Intro to (our) 3D Printing Technologies: Stereolithography

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Contrary to popular belief, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing. Although we offer 17 different materials and over 90 possible color and finish combinations, it takes us several different technologies to get the job done.  In general, 3D printing technologies can be split up into 2 groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used in the process of creating your model (indirect). Let’s kick this series off with stereolithography, mother of all 3D printing technologies and an example of a direct 3D printing technique. 

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Introducing Improved API Documentation

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In the summer of 2011, Tinkercad, the easy-to-use, browser based 3D design tool for all, launched a one-click integration with i.materialise. We were the first online 3D printing service that could print models straight from Tinkercad. This would have never been possible without our API (Application Programming Interface). The interfaces (API) that allows your apps or websites to connect with our systems, have grown tremendously ever since, so we improved and revamped all the documentation that surrounds it. Hello Developers!

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