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The TCT Show + Personalize is proud to announce that the CEOs of both Materialise and EOS will be taking to the stage as keynote speakers at the 19th edition of the annual 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development trade show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

With eight months to go until the show opens its doors to the industry, media, professionals, students, prosumers and consumers, the speaker line up is already beginning to take shape, following in the footsteps of the calibre of speakers visitors have enjoyed in previous years.

CEO of Materialise Wilfried (Fried) Vancraen is at the helm of one of the most powerful additive manufacturing service bureaux and communities in the world. Materialise was the first rapid prototyping service bureau to be established in Belgium and is now a brand recognisable throughout the 3D printing, CAD/CAM and design sectors, and beyond. In 2012, TCT Magazine listed Vancraen as one of the publication's Top 20 Most Influential Figures in Additive Manufacturing.

Dr Hans Langer founded EOS 25 years ago and is an expert in laser technology in manufacturing. EOS is at the cutting-edge of metal additive manufacturing and the development of metal powders. Dr Langer will provide valuable insight into this crucial side of the industrial additive manufacturing field, particularly after its partnership with Cookson Precious Metals into the development of a machine specifically designed for jewellery manufacturing with materials including gold and silver, the EOS Precious M 080.

TCT will run for three days this year, from September 30th to October 2nd, and looks set to be even bigger than last year's show which showcased nearly 200 exhibitors and welcomed more than 11,000 visitors from over 50 countries.

James Woodcock, Group Editor and Conference Director, TCT + Personalize, stated: "It is terrific news that we will be hosting such esteemed industry innovators as Fried Vancraen and Hans Langer at this year's TCT. Both 3D printing leaders will have visions and wisdom to impart that will be of value to those at every corner of this burgeoning technology sector. I for one feel that this announcement has set the tone for this year's TCT and is a clear sign that the show is a key date in the industry calendar - and is where the leaders of 3D printing want to be."

More speakers and TCT Show + Personalize 2014 news will be announced in the weeks and months to come, including the full keynote speaker line up and speaker sessions.

For more information, visit: www.tctshow.com

Materialise is thrilled to announce the launch of a new module for its 3-matic STL software: Lightweight Structures. 3-matic STL is an innovative, flexible tool that allows for design modifications on the STL level. The Lightweight Structures module opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. Designers can reduce the weight of designs; replace solid volumes; create porous designs whileminimizing costs and material usage.

The ability to create lightweight structures during the design phase is a recent phenomenon, and while it offers a wide range of design possibilities, it has been limited by numerous manufacturing challenges. Materialise’s 3-matic STL Lightweight Structures module addresses many of these issues, offering an innovative solution for creating different structures without running into computational issues.

With the Lightweight Structures module, designers can:

  • Create structures that are based on the triangulation of the part being designed, and accurately follow the contours of that part.
  • Create quad-shaped structures which accurately follow the contours of the part.
  • Fill volumes with structures, while still benefitting from quick rendering and computational time thanks to links with Materialise’s Magics and Build Processor software.
  • Fill volumes with randomized structures.
  • Generate connections between structures to automatically link these structures together for improved strength and build-ability. Different types of structures can also be combined to create unique designs.

The Lightweight Structures module can be purchased as a service or as a licensed software package. As a service, Materialise works with designers, creating lightweight structures on their behalf, and if needed, providing design guidance, and manufacturing both samples as well as final parts. For designers who are already familiar with 3-matic STL, and will frequently need to create lightweight designs, software licenses are also available for purchase.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/3-matic-lightweight-structures-module

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Belgian Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics18, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals. Focused on increasing the efficiency of the data-prep workflow, Magics18 offers new and enhanced tools and modules. With Magics18, as with all Materialise software, the aim is to produce the most enjoyable user experience possible and to provide the best tools for 3D Printing and AM production environments.

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to AM professionals for close to two decades.  Enabling users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for Additive Manufacturing, Magics applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models, analyzing parts, making process-related design changes on STL files, designing fixtures, documenting projects, and planning production.

With Magics18 introduces a range of powerful new functionalities, including:

  • New and Improved Cutting Tools
  • Expanded Measurement Options, with built-in ISO standard tolerances
  • Enhanced Surface to Solid Functionality
  • Improved Wall Thickness Analysis
  • Expanded Reporting Options

In addition to the new functionalities, Magics18 is also introducing new and improved modules. With SinterModule, users can now view build heights and easily distribute parts over these heights. As well, SinterModule now offers an automatic Subnester functionality for its Sinterboxes. And to ensure users get the most from their AM machines, Magics18 provides optimized Build Processor Integration for EOS and SLM. With easy access from Magics, both .stl and slice files can now be processed.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/magics18

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of MiniMagicsPRO, its latest software package for 3D Printing and AM production environments. With MiniMagicsPRO, Materialise takes a big step towards completing its software offerings for users of AM and 3D Printing: the original free version of MiniMagics can inspect STL files; the new MiniMagicsPRO can not only inspect files, but also create quotes and enable quality control and finishing teams to validate the dimensions of printed parts and generate reports; Magics takes functionality to still a higher level, and is an expert solution for data preparation.

Checking STL files, validating and measuring parts, and creating reports are all things that need to be done several times throughout the AM production cycle; by the designer, their team, and the AM service bureau or department that is producing the part. Each of these stages requires a different level of functionality. As Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Product Manager, explains:

“MiniMagicsPRO is a tool in which STL files can be inspected (as with the free MiniMagics) with the additional option that reports (MS Word, MS Excel) can be generated. This is useful for making a first analysis of a part, a quote for a customer or an inspection report. Also, if people are using a floating license of our CAD-import system, all of these imports will be available in the MiniMagicsPRO tool meaning that they do not have to pass through Magics or their customers to convert their files.”

MiniMagicsPRO not only allows users to make measurements on screen (and includes an extended portfolio of measurements), but also to enter (manually or through an electronic caliper) the real measured dimensions after the part has been built. The measured dimensions are then compared with the dimensions on the STL and tolerances are given to show the user whether or not this part falls within specification or not, and whether a remake needs to be made. Also from this data, a report can be generated.

“We believe there are different needs when looking at a service bureau environment. You have the customers of the service bureau who need a tool to view STL files and to communicate with their service provider. Hence Materialise provides the free MiniMagics. Then the data enters the shop floor and some form of a quote or part analysis needs to be generated. With Streamics, Materialise offers advanced solutions for this, but we believe there is also a place for something more affordable and simpler. A tool in which you can inspect a file and make a report with its basic parameters. When the file has been printed, a simple and low cost software should enable the measurement department to check whether the printed part is within tolerances and generate a report of this. We aimed to cover both of these needs with the MiniMagicsPRO software.” (Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Product Manager)

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/minimagicspro

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of the latest Mimics Innovation Suite of Software and Services including Mimics16 and 3-matic8. The Suite is an industry standard for processing and editing anatomical data from CT and MRI scans. Engineering on Anatomy™ has never been easier! This release focused heavily on adding new features and functionalities that increase efficiency and overall capabilities.

For over twenty years, Materialise has been leading the way in evidenced-based R&D with Mimics. We strive to remain on the cutting-edge through market-driven improvements with each release. Now 3D PDF files can be generated directly from the Mimics Innovation Suite allowing you to publish your 3D medical models in a universal file format for viewing, navigating and interacting. We also improved the traceability of the segmentation process by incorporating a log that’s saved in your project file or as a separate document for training or recommending a workflow for similar cases.

In addition, new measurement tools have been added including the ability to quantify elliptical shapes to export for advanced analyses, multi planar re-slice for comparing common clinical measurements from specific anatomical planes, curve planar re-slice to easily quantify a narrowing in a tubular structure, as well as exciting enhancements to the centerline tools.

For cardiovascular professionals, whether you are designing stents, valves, CRM devices or benchtop models; beginning with image data is helpful and the Mimics Innovation Suite’s new capabilities make it easier than ever before. With this release, you can save time and increase consistency with semi-automated coronary segmentation tools and the mask morphing technology for 4D segmentation. In addition you can improve visualization with a link between 3D view and fluoroscopy angles and perform TAVI/TAVR valve sizing and planning.

For orthopaedic and cranio-maxillofacial professionals, we are committed to driving the future of evidence based solutions by continuously improving our segmentation capabilities and developing design tools for your anatomy based workflow. With the new Smart Expand tool, segmenting bones and muscles from MRI data is even more efficient. You can also now design a patient-specific cage, generate ‘production ready’ custom plates, or create base plates for patient specific instruments.

For more information, visit: biomedical.materialise.com/mimics-innovation-suite-latest-release

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For companies that try to engineer better products, 3D Printing is becoming more and more interesting. But identifying the parts that can truly benefit from this technology is often a struggle. That’s why Materialise is proud to announce the launch of the 3D Print Barometer: an application to test different parts according to size, functionality, series size, etc., and score the added benefit that 3D Printing can offer. The 3D Print Barometer aims to cut through the hype surrounding 3D Printing and identify where this technology can really be of benefit.

The 3D Print Barometer helps manufacturers identify plastic components that can benefit from 3D Printing. The app can be used online through a browser or can be downloaded for use on the iPad.

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of additive manufacturing since 1990. In addition to having one of the the world’s largest capacities of Additive Manufacturing equipment, Materialise also enjoys a stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. The advantages of Additive Manufacturing have been used by Materialise to develop unique solutions that make a world of difference for its many customers with their prototyping, production, and medical needs. These customers range from large companies in the automotive, consumer electronics and consumables sectors; to famous hospitals, research institutes and clinicians; to individual consumers interested in bringing their own unique creations to life or who want to purchase a celebrated .MGX design.

For more information, visit: www.3DPrintBarometer.com

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With the introduction of the Build Processor (BP), Materialise’s Magics and Streamics software now connects to all EOS systems in a machine-specific way, allowing EOS users to get the best out of their machines. By a tighter integration between Materialise and EOS systems, new technical possibilities for true manufacturing solutions are enabled.

Capable of handling large data e.g. for design optimization

The tighter integration between machine and 3D software enables the user to manufacture parts beyond the scope of today’s possibilities. Additive Manufacturing is a great technology to produce complex and freeform shapes. However, the .stl data format was somewhat limiting this applicability. With the new EOS build processor, Materialise software is capable of communicating in slices with the machine thereby enabling the design and the production of complex parts such as 3D patterns, textures and lightweight or optimized structures.

“This new integration strategy between software and hardware brings complex AM technology to a broader range of people and allows professionals greater design freedom and easier interaction between their production software and their machine as they have better access to advanced machine functionalities due to the build processor,” explains Tim Van den Bogaert, Product Manager at Materialise. “The integrated Build Processor enables a user-friendly data preparation process with direct communication between Materialise´s Magics software and the EOS-Laser Sintering system. This improvement is a large step forward in terms of part production directly from 3D-data.” emphasizes Fabian Müller, Product Marketing Manager at EOS GmbH.

Enabling top-end manufacturing

Many technical innovations have helped Additive Manufacturing to evolve from a niche industry to a more mainstream one, making it much more applicable to manufacturing. The new build processor serves as a communication link between Materialise software and EOS systems. It creates a strong connection between Materialise’s AM automation & control system, Streamics and the EOS machines and therefore it is a crucial component for the top-end manufacturing industries such as aviation, orthopedics and many more which need a single, integrated solution that matches their business processes.

Easy upgrades and dedicated

Since the BP Build Processor comes as a dedicated installer, users only need to upgrade if it is really needed taking away the pains of different development cycles at EOS and Materialise. Moreover, Materialise and EOS can bring new technologies easy and fast to the market by an update of the build processor and since the system is dedicated to a selected type of machine it only shows the options and functionality that the user needs.

EOS and Materialise share a mutual vision for the future, which is to take the next step in AM by integrating software solutions and machines, and by laying the foundation for the factory of the future. “We call this an evolution and a revolution,” says Tim. “Bringing this software solution to the market is an evolution for our mutual customers as it encompasses greater functionality but it is a revolution since it enables both companies to work together in integrating more and more benefits to the machine dedicated system. Therefore this is not the end point but the starting point of a revolution in our collaboration with EOS.”

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics17, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals.  Now multi-core, for the fastest Magics experience ever, Magics17 also offers new functionalities, as well as new and improved modules.  With Magics17, as with all Materialise software, the aim is to produce the most enjoyable user experience possible and to provide the best tools for 3D Printing and AM production environments.

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to AM professionals for close to two decades.  Enabling users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for Additive Manufacturing, Magics applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; documenting projects, and planning production.

With Magics17, Materialise’s software developers have taken innovation to a new level.  In addition to a drastically optimized speed, the latest release of Magics provides exciting new functionalities, which allow users to:

  • Generate quality measurement reports,
  • Detect trapped volumes (for stereolithography),
  • Verify nest densities (for laser sintering),
  • Integrate Magics with other Materialise software including, Streamics and e-Stage 6.1,
  • and much more…

In addition to the new functionalities, Magics17 is also introducing new and improved modules.  Sintermodule features a multi-core 3D-Nester that automatically nests parts in 3D, in real time.  And by analyzing part geometry, 3D-Nester can maximize the number of parts in a build envelope while simultaneously minimizing build height and powder consumption.  And to ensure users get the most out of the powerful Magics software, Magics17 provides improved Support Generation modules.  Interactive angled supports reduce finishing time and create the best part quality possible.  And for metal customers, a new support type designed specifically for metal sintering is now available.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/magics-17-now-multi-core-fastest-magics-experience-ever

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How fast can 3D Printing (and stereolithography in particular) go? The answer, according to the 2012 Formula Group T team, is - more than 140 km/h!

Competing in the prestigious Formula Student 2012 challenge, a 16-man strong team of next-generation engineers from Group T have unveiled the world’s first race car created in great part through 3D Printing: the Areion. Named after the divinely-bred, extremely swift, immortal horse of Greek mythology, the Areion is a powerhouse of innovation and green technology. On July 31st, it lived up to its name on the Hockenheim race circuit by going from zero to 100km/h in just 4 seconds and achieving a top speed of 141km/h on the track. Cutting-edge technologies incorporated into their eco-friendly race car included an electric drive train, bio-composite materials, and of course, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) on a grand scale with Materialise.   

Big Ideas Brought to Life with Mammoth Technology

Using Materialise’s appropriately named Mammoth stereolithography machines it is possible to manufacture parts of up to 2100x680x800mm. With a build envelope that massive, the Formula Group T team recognized the possibility to not only print the entire body of the car, but to also integrate some unique features directly into the design. Therefore, working in close collaboration with engineers at Materialise, this is exactly what they achieved: going from initial shell design to a fully finished 3D Printed car body in just three weeks.

The Greatest Shell in Racing since Mario Kart

Starting from Formula Group T’s design for the outer shell, engineers at Materialise quickly got to work. Within a week, Materialise engineers had applied their experience from other projects to the creation of an intelligent 3D Printed car body with integrated clips and connection points. This allows for the easy assembly of the shell and therefore, faster access to the inner workings of the car when maintenance is needed.

Like a Shark through Water

Printed directly onto the nose of the race car is a shark skin texture, similar to that found on high-tech competition swimsuits. As with the swimsuits, the aim of the teeth-like ridges is to reduce drag, increase thrust, and improve performance on race day. Whether or not the texture helped the Areion cut through the air is still to be determined, but one thing is for sure – the shark skin made the nose of the car look great!

The Coolest Side Pods on the Track

Both the right and left side pods were designed and printed with complex cooling channels. Printed into the left side pod are a nozzle behind the radiator and a diffuser, which optimize cooling by creating the ideal flow of air through the radiator. A fan is installed behind the radiator in order to do this even at low speeds and while the car is stationary. In the right side pod, complex channels were developed and printed to create a cyclone effect that removes water and dirt from the air before it enters the engine compartment.

The Results are in

With two races completed, the Formula Group T team is already the proud winner of two awards and an impressive ranking for a first-time team in the competition. While in the UK at the Silverstone racing circuit, the team was honored with the Best Teamwork Award by Airbus and Koen Huybrechts, who was responsible for the drivetrain, won the Craig Dawson most valuable team member award. While in Germany on the Hockenheim racing circuit, the team finished in a well-deserved 11th position and found themselves among other top teams in this international competition.

For more information, visit: www.formulagroupt.be or manufacturing.materialise.com/mammoth-stereolithography-0

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As part of the celebrations for TCT Magazine's 20th year in print, readers were invited to nominate and vote for the Top 20 Most Influential Figures in the Additive Manufacturing industry. Now, with all the votes counted, TCT has announced that industry professionals from around the world have selected Materialise’s Wilfried Vancraen as the most influential person in Additive Manufacturing today.

A pioneer in his industry, Wilfried (Fried) Vancraen has been developing breakthroughs in the medical and industrial applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) at Materialise for more than 20 years. Passionate about AM and firm in his belief that it can help create a better and healthier world, Wilfried is committed to using the technology to make positive changes in people’s lives. By choosing Fried as the most influential figure in AM, other professionals in the industry have acknowledged Fried’s vision for this technology and Materialise’s success in bringing this vision to life under his leadership.   

In the words of TCT Magazine Editor, James Woodcock, “Fried Vancraen is, in my opinion, a worthy winner – having met him several times, I am always struck by his thoughtful nature and quiet manner as much as his vision, passion and commitment to Materialise and the wider industry.”  

Fried had this to say about his first place position on TCT’s Top 20 list, “I am honored to have been chosen the most influential figure in an industry that I have long believed has the power to change the world in a very positive way. To receive this incredible recognition from my peers lets me know that I am on the right path with my vision of changing people’s lives through AM and will motivate me, and in fact all of us at Materialise, to strive even harder to make this vision a daily reality in the work we do.”

Top 5:

1) Willfired Vancraen Materialise
2) Abe Reichental 3D Systems
3) Terry Wohlers Wohlers Associates
4) Bre Pettis Makerbot
5) Peter Weijmarshausen Shapeways


The full TCT Top 20 list can be found at: viewer.zmags.com/publication/201d3163#/201d3163/24

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Materialise, world leader in software for additive manufacturing (AM), has made another important advancement in the AM industry. As AM is finding its rightful place in the manufacturing world, additional tools are required to drive efficiency throughout the process.

With the largest AM machine capacity in one location in the world, Materialise is in a very unique position to fully understand the challenges that are currently facing the industry and is working hard to eliminate the bottlenecks through advanced software systems. With the new AM automation and control system, name to be announced at the Materialise World Conference April 18-20 in Leuven, Belgium, AM professionals have control of each step in the work flow from the original order to the moment the piece is delivered to the customer.   

The system offers something for everyone whether your role is managing orders, quoting, preparing files, operating the machines, finishing parts, supervising the teams or several of these responsibilities. The robust database centralizes data, including linked CAD files, and provides you with a simple overview of ‘won’ and ‘lost’ quotes, real-time status of ongoing orders, who is working on the project, etc. The full integration with Magics brings huge advantages of producing the correct parts and the number of parts correctly. In addition, repetitive tasks can be handled ‘in the background’ without no user interaction, allowing you to focus on the files that require insensitive manual interventions.

Another exciting component about the AM automation control system is the build planning component. No matter how you receive files (emails, FTP, discs, etc.), they can easily be integrated into the planning system where you can view the machine availability and begin to set-up builds for the parts that require the same technology, materials and timing.  Managers love the new system for the reporting capabilities which can be completely customized to your information needs.

This exciting enhancement to the world of additive manufacturing will be showcased at the RAPID show in May at a special booth. You will be able to go from station to station and see the benefits for every member of your organization. There will be work stations for the managing orders and quotes, preparing files, planning and operating the machines, finishing parts, and a managerial component showing the traceability and report capabilities.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com

Published in Materialise

Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, joins the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium, as a Platinum Sponsor, this week with two sessions intended to help the audience understand the advantages of 3D printing.

In a presentation entitled ‘Insiders Vision’ as a part of the Additive Manufacturing Summit, Andy Middleton, Objet General Manager for Europe, gives an overview of current trends in the fast-moving world of 3D printing. This session takes place from 16:00 on 19th April.

“The Materialise World Conference provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to understand the 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications that are happening right now and get a real grasp of where the industry is going,” comments Middleton.

Andy Langfeld, Objet European Sales Operations Manager also presents, this time as part of the Medical Innovation Conference, talking on 3D printing and Digital Dentistry. As 3D printing rapidly becomes a standard production tool for dental laboratories, Langfeld describes how – with a combination of oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing – dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce a range of dental and orthodontic appliances, thereby increasing accuracy and efficiency, cutting production times and enabling business growth. This session takes place at 12:10 on 20th April.

Materialise hosts the three day annual conference, which brings together experts from around the world to experience and discuss 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology and solutions.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/mwc2012 or www.objet.com

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To say that Iris van Herpen is a rising star in the world of fashion would be an understatement. Since starting her own label in 2007, Iris has picked up a string of awards, has been elected as guest-member by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, 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. Now she is able to add a solo exhibition and a book to her list of achievements and, for most of her collections, she has taken Materialise along for the ride.

From March 25th to September 23rd, 2012, visitors to the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, will be treated to a solo exhibition by Iris van Herpen, which features an overview of her work from 2008 to the present. Among the pieces representing the Crystallization (2010), Escapism (2011),Capriole (2011) and Micro (2012) collections are designs brought to life through 3D Printing at Materialise.

The exhibition opened to great acclaim on the evening of March 23rd, with the event doubling as the official launch of Iris van Herpen’s first book, which is self-titled and soon to be on sale worldwide. The book provides readers with a stunning look at catwalk photos from all of Iris’s collections and includes new photo material by Bart Oomes as well as an essay by fashion journalist Jean Paul Cauvin.

Materialise staff members were on hand for the official opening and you can share their experience in this photo album on Facebook. They can highly recommend both a visit to the Groninger Museum to see the exhibition and the book, which is a must-have for those that truly appreciate fashion as the art form it can be, especially when Iris van Herpen is involved.

For more details about the exhibition visit: www.groningermuseum.nl/en/exhibition/iris-van-herpen

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Materialise, world leader in software for additive manufacturing (AM), has made another important advancement in the AM industry. As AM is finding its rightful place in the manufacturing world, additional tools are required to drive efficiency throughout the process.

With the largest AM machine capacity in one location in the world and being the trusted software partner of hundreds of companies within the AM industry, Materialise is in a very unique position to fully understand the challenges that are currently facing the industry and is working hard to eliminate the bottlenecks through advanced software systems. With the new AM Automation and Control System, name to be announced at the Materialise World Conference April 18-20 in Leuven, Belgium, AM professionals have control of each step in the work flow from the original order to the moment the piece is delivered to the customer.

The system offers something for everyone whether your role is managing orders, quoting, preparing files, operating the machines, finishing parts, supervising the teams or several of these responsibilities. The robust database centralizes data, including linked CAD files, and provides you with a simple overview of ‘won’ and ‘lost’ quotes, real-time status of ongoing orders, who is working on the project, etc. The full integration with Magics brings huge advantages of producing the correct parts and the number of parts correctly. In addition, repetitive tasks can be handles ‘in the background’ without no users interaction required, allowing you to focus on the files that require insensitive manual interventions.

Another exciting component about the AM automation control system is the build planning component. No matter how you receive files (emails, FTP, discs, etc.), they can easily be integrated into the planning system where you can view the machine availability and begin to set-up builds for the parts that require the same technology, materials and timing. Managers love the new system for the reporting capabilities which can be completely customized to your information needs.

This exciting enhancement to the world of additive manufacturing will be showcased at the Materialise World Conference. You will be able to go from station to station and see the benefits for every member of
your organization. There will be work stations for managing orders and quotes, preparing files, planning and operating the machines, finishing parts, and a managerial component showing the traceability and report capabilities.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com

Published in Materialise

Materialise is proud to announce that its CEO, Wilfried Vancraen, has been selected to speak at the first edition of TEDxLeuven on March 29th, 2012. During his presentation, Wilfried will discuss ways in which 3D Printing is transforming our world, for the better.

It is Wilfried’s strong belief that although 3D Printing technology can also be misused, when used well, it has the power to greatly improve our lives in terms of the products we use, the designs we create, and the medical care we receive. As proof of this, he will provide examples that demonstrate how 3D Printing is already touching the lives of individuals on a much larger scale that many people imagine.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

For more information about TEDxLeuven, visit: www.tedxleuven.com

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