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About Us

What We Stand For

i.materialise is an online 3D printing platform offering every maker, designer, consumer and entrepreneur access to a professional service and premium 3D printed consumer parts. We provide a user-friendly gateway to Materialise’s large-scale 3D printing capacity, its world-class 3D printing software tools, and the know-how throughout the entire process that Materialise has accumulated these past 25 years.
For us, 3D printing means creation. It means possibility, innovation and imagination. Every day we see the potential of 3D printing grow a little more, and we owe this in part to the limitless creativity of our customers. We are driven by our belief that 3D printing can change the way things are done, and by our need to discover everything 3D printing could do. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.

Our Competitive Edge

Even though we draw on 25 years of experience in 3D printing, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our prints and services.

Our continuous research into new materials and finishes, as well as our user-friendly website ensure that we are able to offer the largest selection of materials and finishes out there and that we meet our customers’ needs with the highest quality possible.

We are an ever-expanding global company, and we offer one of the largest production facilities in the world.

Our Markets

by Michiel Cornelissen
ZooM lampshade by Michiel Cornelissen
Product Design
by DAMN x Café Costume © Koen Keppens
Cufflinks by DAMN x Café Costume © Koen Keppens
by Hilko Nackaerts
P90 Soapbar by Hilko Nackaerts
by Francesca Paolin
NOSTALGIA, Fall-Winter 2015 by Francesca Paolin
by Danny van Ryswyk
White Rabbit by Danny van Ryswyk
by Katrien Herdewyn
Nano ft. by Katrien Herdewyn
Footwear Design

We are versatile and dynamic, and offer something unique for a diverse range of customers. From makers and designers looking for premium prints of their designs, to e-commerce entrepreneurs who want to streamline their file-fixing, quoting and 3D print ordering process – we have a solution.

And for entrepreneurs who want to sell their designs without having to invest in an expensive e-commerce platform or startup stock, we offer an online marketplace – free of charge. We handle the logistics and customer support, so you can focus on what you do best.

About Materialise

i.materialise is part of the Materialise group (Nasdaq: MTLS), which since its start in 1990 has been the preferred partner for many companies. Since then, Materialise has pursued its experience into a range of software solutions, engineering and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the industry.

Materialise’s open and flexible platforms enable players in industries such as healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that make the world a better and healthier place.

Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, the company has brought together the largest group of software developers in the industry and one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world.

Materialise’s mission is to innovate product development resulting in a better and healthier world through its software and hardware infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing.

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How It All Started

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 birdwatching 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 machines, vacuum cleaners and even cars. In fact not many objects have survived. However, the personalized FDM gift is still proudly overlooking our kitchen...

Today, people play games with computers and express their creativity with CAD packages. i.materialise brings this virtual world to reality with the tools of professional product developers. We are extremely excited to see how fantastic results are achieved by our users. Most of the examples are very personal items that will truly bring much more emotional value to everybody who likes to design.