Until October 30th, visitors of the Red Dot Design Museum are invited to discover pluralistic aspects of 3D Printing, a manufacturing technology that allows us to make things differently, and also to ponder how it can help individuals, enable social changes and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” brings together more than 80 groundbreaking 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and science.

Curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, and produced by Materialise, a pioneering company dedicated to the engineering, development and application of 3D Printing, the exhibition invites visitors on a learning journey about a disruptive technology which is likely to be critical in the next decade.

“The Red Dot Design Museum displays the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design and is a reference for industrial designers. Therefore it is the perfect place to host an exhibition that explores the technical and creative potential of 3D printing technology. We want to show visitors the pieces created by designers and technical experts that have challenged the use of materials and boundaries in 3D Printing and how often these challenging ideas have been transferred to successful industrial applications”, says Marcus Joppe, Managing Director of Materialise Germany.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, explains: “3D Printing opens up new chances and possibilities to design products. More and more laypeople are discovering this too, and are producing objects at home in their own mini factory. But in order to fully exploit the potential of Additive Manufacturing for the mass market, it needs professional designers who possess the necessary expert knowledge. I am glad that Materialise is showing, in this exciting exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, how 3D Printing is successfully being applied, and is thereby informing a broad audience about the influence of this technique on people, the society and environment.”

This traveling exhibition was first presented in 2015 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels during the 25th anniversary of Materialise. Curator Marta Malé-Alemany, architect and recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, has selected works from renowned artists, designers, public initiatives and prestigious research institutions as well as those of unknown innovative makers. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” was acclaimed by both specialists and the general public in Brussels.

The exhibition is presented in two main sections. The first section, “A Difference in Making”, features a series of impressive and fascinating design creations that explore material opportunities enabled by the invention and development of 3D printing technology. It presents works from important designers such as Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, Jan Wertel, Gernot Oberfell and Daniel Widrig among others.

“Making a Difference”, the second section, addresses three different curatorial domains: “Environment”, “Individual” and “Society”. Each category presents 3D-printed objects that range from medical implants, prosthetic devices, automotive and aerospace parts, furniture pieces, household appliances and more, with the aim of making visitors aware of how this technology already surrounds lives all around the world.

The “Environment” category presents projects that use 3D Printing with the specific concern of saving material and energy resources, as well as designs that question how 3D printing technology itself can be more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

The “Individual” category illustrates how 3D Printing enables the production of customized objects and parts, based on personal data. The projects presented here relate to the personal stories of people who have been touched by the technology, as it provides an individual solution to a unique case.

The category “Society” of “Making a Difference” displays different ways in which 3D Printing can shape our society. Here too, the selected projects give a multi-faceted perspective on the added value of this technology, while provoking inevitable questions. The exhibits address various subjects such as: the use of 3D Printing for the conservation of our past and future heritage, its role in revitalizing lost crafts, its implications as a critical instrument of emancipation and social empowerment, its potential for improving education, and others.

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Materialise has released the beta version of Magics 21. A wide variety of companies are now participating in the beta validation program of Materialise’s software package for data preparation.

Earlier this year, Materialise announced the launch of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, combining the functionality of multiple software applications into one reliable backbone for the 3D printing industry. This suite allows multiple companies, including many Fortune 500 enterprises, to produce high-quality printed parts in a swift and controlled manner.

Now, Materialise is proud to announce the beta launch of Materialise Magics 21, the core component of the suite. Materialise Magics is the industry-leading data preparation software for 3D Printing that allows users to convert, repair and edit files, as well as find an optimal position for their part on the build platform. Around 100 companies all over the world signed up for the beta validation program to already have access to the Materialise Magics21 beta version and test new and improved functionalities.

“It’s very exciting to work with this dedicated group of users who participate in the beta validation program. We deeply appreciate their commitment to share their valuable feedback with us and help ensure the quality of our software suite,” states Anca Fulger, Project Manager of the Magics Beta Validation Program. “Their input helps us to push our product forward, meeting the demands of a very large group of user profiles.”

The beta testers represent a very diverse audience indeed, coming from various industries (automotive to aerospace) and using a variety of 3D printing technologies (from plastic to metal sintering) and machine types (from laser to image and toolpath printers). They are spread all over the globe, which is why Materialise Magics will be available in eight languages as of this year.

“Both the product and the development team have made their very best efforts in the past months to ensure the release of a high-quality product. The new version will allow the user to take full control over the data preparation process” explains Gert Claes, Product Manager of Materialise Magics. “We find it essential to develop our software for and with our users, and are looking forward to receiving their feedback so we can bring a flawless, premium version to the market.”

Materialise Magics will be available for the public in November. All innovations in this release will be disclosed during the formnext exhibition in Frankfurt.

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Materialise is proud to announce the opening of a new 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Malaysia. The facility aims to become a competence center within Materialise for DLP 3D printing technologies, and has the potential to enhance Malaysia’s role as a driver behind 3D Printing in Asia.

This initiative will see local research teams developing new 3D printing applications, preparing 3D Printing applications for the market, and becoming a knowledge center within Materialise for this technology. The teams will also investigate 3D printing anatomical models and other medical devices with DLP technology, thereby providing valuable input to further enhance the functionality of Materialise’s 3D printing software suites for the benefit of end-users working with DLP 3D printers.  Many 3D printer OEMs, who already count on Materialise as a trusted software partner, will also play a role in the new Center of Excellence through their collaboration.

“We are delighted to open this competence center in Malaysia today. It provides the missing link between our existing engineering and software development in Malaysia, and our actual knowledge of the 3D printing process. This will benefit our customers and partners enormously, as it brings us closer together in knowledge, technology and even proximity. It will also benefit Malaysia, as it will build local knowledge and develop applications well suited for the region.” Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia.

The inauguration was attended by Mr. Fried Vancraen, Chief Executive Officer of Materialise, Mr. Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia, Dato' Wan Hashim Wan Jusoh, Deputy Chief Executive Officer III of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ms. Pak Mei Yuet, Head - Technology Innovation Ecosystem of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and H.E. Mr. Daniel Dargent, the Belgian Ambassador to Malaysia.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com

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A new project initiated by Materialise China aims to bring innovation and development to the classrooms in western China.

In cooperation with the Chinese charity organization Adream and TEACH, a provider of educational 3D printing courses, Materialise set up the Dream Bus, where Materialise volunteers are able to give classes to children and let their imaginations turn into reality.

As the school children in the western part of China are more deprived than the urban East, school children there often have less opportunities. The Dream Bus gives them the opportunity to discover technology and also other useful topics. The bus, which is a fully equipped, high-tech classroom, with projectors, tablets and 3D desktop printers, and it will stop in 14 sites throughout six provinces in China.

The schools that have been visited already have received a “Dreamcenter”, which describes a colourful and fully-equipped classroom, donated by Adream.

The classes given to the children teach many useful topics including how to deal with money to how to buy a train ticket, which is very contrary form their usual daily school life. It is information that is completely different from what they learn in school, but will prepare them to be independent, inventive adults in the future.

It is through the innovative and creative lesson content given through the 3D printing classes in particular, where children of different ages can explore the magic of technology.

The 3D printing classes are run by Materialise volunteers, who give classes and choose a topic to inspire and support the imagination of the children. Working with a software program called “Cubeworld”, they are given the opportunity to design objects on tablets, and the designs are subsequently 3d printed with 3D printers provided by TEACH.

The project has proved very popular among the students and has received consistently positive feedback. As a consequence, Materialise plans to continue and even extend the program in the future. The mission statement of Materialise proudly states it wishes to create a better and healthier world, and this project is seen as one of the many steps taken to contribute to society with the power of technology and innovation.

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Materialise announced at Rapid.Tech a collaboration with Luxexcel, a fast-growing Dutch start-up of customized 3D printed optics and of products that require the highest standards of transparency. Together, they will develop a Build Processor tailored to Luxexcel’s needs for 3d printed optics.

Materialise recently introduced the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, wrapping all their industrial software solutions into one suite. The Materialise Build Processor is the technology within the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite that takes care of communication between software and 3D printing machines. Materialise and Luxexcel are now working on a machine-specific, image-based Build Processor for Luxexcel, to give Luxexcel specific control over 3D prints and ensure the quality of optical parts.

Since Luxexcel operates in the optical industry, it’s essential to avoid visible printing layers. That’s why Luxexcel has developed a unique digital Additive Manufacturing technology that doesn’t require post-processing. Luxexcel has previously worked with Materialise to establish a fully automated online ordering process that is completely streamlined with 3D Printing production.

“Materialise software helps us to support our 3D printing technology for optical products,”says Hans Streng CEO Luxexcel. “By implementing the Build Processor we will get a tailored solution which supports seamless communication between software and our 3D printer for our prototyping business. It contributes to the growth of our 3D printing service and supports new technological developments.”

Materialise and Luxexcel look forward to the release of the Build Processor.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/build-processor

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Materialise now links its cloud software to GROW and Fabnami, a British and Swiss 3D printing platform. Materialise Cloud is part of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, an extensive portfolio of software solutions for 3D Printing.

Materialise has developed an advanced software suite that facilitates 3D printing models for a wide range of users. A part of this software is available in the cloud, which means that online software platforms do not need to develop all 3D printing functionalities themselves and can focus on their core activities. They can connect to the cloud engine and streamline their business workflow by integrating automated tools into their process that help to prepare models for 3D Printing. Materialise’s software in the cloud is available via a pay-per-use system.

GROW has developed a range of desktop and cloud-based applications to bridge the gap between CAD designs and industrial production, to protect industrial designs and to facilitate distributed manufacturing. By integrating tools from Materialise, GROW’s project.AM platform can offer users free access to market-leading tools to repair, optimize and analyze their designs when first uploaded to the project.AM platform.

“We are delighted that, from the launch of project.AM, our users will have free access to these market-leading tools from the Materialise Cloud,” states Ray Coyle, CEO of GROW. “Materialise is the leading name in Additive Manufacturing software for business and we are proud to make such high quality AM utilities available to our OEM and contract manufacturer clients.”

Fabnami’s enterprise 3D printing SaaS automates sales and streamlines business processes in service bureaus and production facilities worldwide. Fabnami’s ecosystem is built on proprietary algorithms that perform a broad range of printer specific measurements, design rule verifications and manufacturability checks. Offered as a web API, turn-key e-commerce platform and company internal service orchestration tool to support sales, engineering and operations of 3D printing service bureaus and facilities. To extend the range of its supported file formats and provide on-demand mesh repair capabilities, Fabnami integrates Materialise Cloud.

“Having been many years in the business of computational geometry for 3D printing, we have come to appreciate Materialise’s achievements in the field, and we are proud to offer their technology to our clients. By integrating Materialise Cloud with Fabnami, we are able to dramatically improve the level of automation, and reduce the manpower costs associated to sales and engineering,” explains Benoit Valin, founder at Fabnami.

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Materialise is proud to announce that HP Inc. selected its 3D printing software as a certified solution in HP’s Open Software Platform to power the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer. The new solution, now available for order, is compatible with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite and allows for seamless integration of the new printer in the existing workflows of the Magics suite.

Materialise is collaborating with machine manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D software and a wide range of 3D printers. The latest collaboration includes HP, which announced its new 3D printer at RAPID, the annual 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing event. Materialise designs Build Processor software that is certified by HP, which enables a seamless integration between software and printer. Materialise’s user-friendly build processor simplifies the 3D printing workflow, creating an improved user experience that helps customers get the most out of their HP 3D printer.

“This collaboration with HP combines more than 100 years of software and printing expertise. Our mutual knowledge will benefit businesses producing functional prototypes to final production parts,” stated Fried Vancraen, Materialise CEO. “Developing a Build Processor that connects HP technology to our software backbone for 3D Printing felt like a natural step. We want users of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite to have access to premium technologies.”

“3D printing will bring tremendous benefit to manufacturing, helping to make it faster and less expensive,” said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business. ”Matching the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution with Materialise software provides our customers the best-in-class solution for industrial 3D printing.”

The synergy between the two companies resulted in an integration between Materialise software and the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. Based on the input from the HP engineers and our hands-on experience with the HP Jet Fusion prototype, Materialise developed the Build Processor which, when combined with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, offers a great user experience for file fixing, and pre-print processing. Through the Build Processor systems, the AM data preparation process has expanded to allow slice-based technology, enabling improved handling of large files, such as those containing metadata on texturing or structures. Combining the HP record speed 3D printer with the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite has the potential to make the widespread use of 3D printers in scaled up manufacturing environments a reality in the near future.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/hp-build-processor

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Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) will be launching the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite at RAPID, one of the largest Additive Manufacturing events in North America. This new software suite combines the functionality of multiple applications into one complete set of business solutions. The Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite’s unique neutrality gives its customers the possibility to utilize data generated from numerous sources, convert it into innovative applications and print it with any printer available in the market.

“We believe that the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite offers customers a complete software backbone and unmatched versatility for their 3D printing needs. We purposely built the suite to adapt to new industries embracing 3D printing and are still adapting to meet our existing customers’ evolving production requirements. Indeed, we are committed to driving the trends of today and the future in 3D printing, which is why we continue to collaborate with different players in and outside the 3D printing ecosystem to raise the bar of Additive Manufacturing,” explains Stefaan Motte, Vice President of Materialise.

In recent years 3D printing has evolved into an industrial manufacturing technique adopted by an ever-growing range of industries. While advances in 3D printer technology have helped push the industry forward, it has been Materialise’s ability to import nearly all file formats and support both metal and plastic production that has been a catalyst for progress in the industry.

Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite works like a solid backbone that supports every step in the Additive Manufacturing process, at every level in a company’s organization. Regardless of the data source, 3D printing technology or application, the user will have tools and processes to manufacture high-quality products for any industry application desired.

Materialise software has become an industry standard for 3D printing in service bureau environments and has also entered the industrial manufacturing scene through partnerships and collaborations with every major manufacturer of 3D printing machines. Leading machine manufacturers that are powered by the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite include Arburg, Concept Laser, EOS, Renishaw, Trumpf, and many others, which enables them to bridge the gap between 3D applications and 3D printing machines.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/3d-printing-software

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Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, announced a new strategic partnership with Materialise NV (NASDAQ; MTLS), a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and 3D printing services.

Through the arrangement, existing and prospective customers across Europe will have access to Materialise Magics, software specifically designed to efficiently guide users through every step of the AM or 3D printing workflow.

Equipped with a customisable, intuitive user interface, Materialise Magics offers smart, versatile data preparation that enhances a customer’s 3D printing workflow. Underpinned by Canon’s exceptional consultancy and support, customers will benefit from the ability to:

  • Import nearly all 3D file formats and native colour information to stay in control of the original data
  • Repair and prepare files, as well as correct problems and create watertight data and shortcuts to improve the 3D printing workflow
  • Enhance and edit data to take designs to the next level by adding logos, serial numbers and hollow parts, as well as applying textures, and creating lattice structures
  • Prepare the build platform, duplicating parts and orient them correctly
  • Print better parts, view slices, detect collisions, save platforms and generate useful reports

Chris Blake, Sales & Marketing Director, 3D Printing at Canon Europe says: “The creative and commercial opportunities for 3D Printing are vast and the market continues to evolve and expand. As such, we are always looking for ways to enhance our existing proposition and add more value to our customers. We are therefore excited to partner with Materialise as part of our commitment to provide customers with the best 3D products and solutions, as well as unrivalled services and expertise.”

Lieve Boeykens, Business Line Director 3D Printing Professionals at Materialise, comments: “Materialise is keen to enhance the communication between 3D software and printers to help businesses bring their ideas to life. We are thrilled to partner with a trusted name like Canon and put our software backbone for 3D Printing into the hands of businesses looking to print their boldest creations and innovations.”

Materialise Magics will be available to Canon customers across Europe from May 3rd 2016.

For more information, visit: www.canon-europe.com/for_work/business-products/3d-printers

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i.Materialise is proud to announce a trial of a high-detail material that is perfect for scale modelers: Smooth Detail Resin! The new material features a smooth surface, an extreme level of detail due to its 50 μm layers, and a gray color that’s perfect for painting.

Models made out of Smooth Detail Resin are constructed from a hardened liquid resin, which leads to robust high-quality plastic prints. As the printing process uses layers of 50 μm, the surface of your model will be very smooth and the printing layers will barely be visible. This makes Smooth Detail Resin perfect for miniatures and scale models. Smooth Detail Resin comes in the color gray and was chosen since it makes details much more visible, and it is perfect for hand-painting.

For printing parts in this material, we use a technology that is fairly similar to Stereolithography: Digital Light Processing (DLP). So here’s how it works: Firstly your 3D model is cut into extremely thin layers by a specialized software. If support structure is needed, our software automatically calculates and designs it for your model. Then the printing process starts. DLP printers typically construct the model on a build platform that hangs downwards. A light source shines upwards on the precise spots of liquid resin that will become part of your object. The build platform with the model is then pulled up slightly, and the next layer is printed in one single pass. This is repeated until the model is finished – literally having been printed layer by layer. After the printing process, the build platform is completely raised. The excess liquid resin flows downwards, leaving the build platform ready for removal from the printer.

We currently offer this material in two types of finishes: you can order your model ‘with support’ or ‘without support’. If you order your model ‘without support’ we will manually remove the scaffolding material used for the production of your model. This option is great if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. Some designer prefer to remove these structures themselves (with tools and sanding paper) and thus prefer the finish ‘with support’.

Another great aspect of this material is that the maximum printing size is pretty big for such a highly detailed material. You can print designs with a size of up to 260 x 160 x 193 mm! Smooth detail resin only requires a minimum wall thickness of 0.4 mm – that’s 60% less than most other plastics.

Do you feel like creating a 3D print in Smooth Detail Resin yourself? Then make sure you check out our material page about this amazing material! You will be able to learn even more about its applications, technology, and design rules.

For more information, visit: i.materialise.com/3d-printing-materials/smooth-detail-resin

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Materialise has embarked upon a partnership with Structo, a Singapore-based manufacturer of 3D printing machines. Together, they will develop the Structo Build Processor to enhance communication between software and 3D printers.

Structo develops industrial-grade 3D printing machines that rely on the company’s unique patented technology. Their Liquid Crystal Dynamic Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology allows their RapidForm printer to be incredibly fast despite its large build volume. Structo’s goal is to offer printers that are able to achieve faster speeds and large build volumes at a lower cost compared to existing Stereolithography (SLA) printers. The company also develops their own innovative polymer materials for a range of printing applications.

The Structo Build Processor will allow users to edit, analyze and repair files easily and intuitively. The advanced support generation is fully automated and makes manual effort redundant. According to the geometry of the part, users can apply different build strategies and rely on Materialise’s state-of-the-art slicing software.

“We find that Magics and the accompanying Structo Build Processor, developed by Materialise, are world-class software products. Together, they offer the most advanced features and smooth workflow to give our customers the best possible user experience in going through file fixing, support generation and pre-print processing,” explains Huub van Esbroeck, Founder of Structo. “Through this partnership, we are able to deeply integrate Materialise software with our hardware and offer the best-in-class turnkey solution for ultra-rapid prototyping.”

Materialise and Structo look forward to the development of the Structo Build Processor, to be released in mid-December.

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Materialise NV announced the signing of an agreement with Lima Corporate for the use of surgical guides for partial knee implants.

Lima and Materialise entered into an agreement that allows Lima to offer the Materialise surgical knee guide system in the EEA region and Switzerland. Jeroen Dille, Director of Materialise’s Clinical Unit, states, “Materialise first pioneered medical image based guide technology, including solutions for the knee, as part of our company-wide mission to realize a better and healthier world through meaningful applications of 3D printing. Through this collaboration with Lima, orthopedic surgeons will be able to benefit from the advantages that 3D printing can offer in the planning and execution of partial knee arthroplasty.”

Luigi Ferrari, CEO of Lima Corporate said: “Lima is committed to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients and to enabling better outcomes for patients and healthcare systems. The aim of our collaboration with Materialise is to allow the surgeons we work with to continue to pre-operatively plan and use patient-specific guides in pursuit of more predictable surgical outcomes.”

Materialise has 25 years of experience in 3D planning and printing for medical applications, which includes the development of dedicated 3D visualization and planning software, engineering and design services and the production of 3D printed patient-specific guides and implants..

Materialise offers a solution consisting of easy-to-use 3D surgical planning software and patient-specific surgical guides for knee surgery, allowing surgeons to efficiently and accurately plan knee surgeries based on the patient’s unique anatomy and structural damage. Based on that pre-operative plan, patient-specific guides are designed and 3D printed for use during surgery. Lima Corporate will now offer this solution to its surgeons with respect to the unicondylar knee system that it recently acquired from Zimmer.

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The 3MF Consortium, an industry association recently launched to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, announced four new members:

  • 3D Systems – a provider of 3D digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3D printers, software, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts
  • Materialise – a provider of 3D printing software and services in a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, automotive and consumer products
  • Siemens PLM Software – a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services
  • Stratasys – a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions used for product design, prototyping, and the creation of production parts

"The addition of 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys to our membership ranks further demonstrates the significant industry momentum behind the adoption of 3MF," said Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium executive director. "By participating in the 3MF Consortium, our new members will ensure that their customers get all the advanced capabilities and productivity benefits of the 3MF specification. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions."

The 3MF Consortium was formed to close the gap between the capabilities of modern 3D printers and outdated file formats. The 3MF specification eliminates the problems associated with currently available file formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, enabling companies to focus more on innovation. The first version of the 3MF specification is available now for download at no charge.

Launched in 2015, the 3MF Consortium is a Joint Development Foundation project with the goal to define a 3D printing format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services and printers. The 3MF (for 3D Manufacturing Format) specification eliminates the widespread issues with currently available file formats.

Members of the 3MF Consortium are:

  • 3D Systems
  • Autodesk, Inc
  • Dassault Systèmes, SA
  • FIT AG/netfabb GmbH
  • HP
  • Materialise
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Shapeways, Inc
  • Siemens PLM Software
  • SLM Solutions Group AG
  • Stratasys

The starting point for the Consortium's development of the 3MF specification was Microsoft's donation of its 3D file format work-in-progress.

For more information, visit: www.3mf.io

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary, global 3D Printing pioneer Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) announces the launch of the latest Mimics Innovation Suite, including the Mimics® 18.0 and 3-matic® 10.0 software solutions. The new and improved tools increase user-friendliness, reduce segmentation time and make design and modeling even more realistic. It’s also possible to 3D print the results in full color. In addition, the visualization capabilities have been expanded with a fluoroscopy view and virtual X-ray simulation.

The Mimics Innovation Suite offers a complete set of tools developed for biomedical professionals. With the addition of the ‘Fluoroscopy View’, healthcare professionals can simulate the angiographic view they would have during surgery and identify optimal c-arm angles for fluoroscopy for their region of interest. “This impressive new tool will be useful for our case planning as well as during conversations with physicians”, says Srinivasan Varahoor, Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic. A second new visualization option is the ‘Virtual X-ray’* tool, which allows engineers to create virtual X-rays of projects to find the optimal angle for 2D/3D registration. This allows for an evaluation of the 3D position of bones and implants without a post-operative CT or MRI scan.

Another exciting and time-saving tool is the automated ‘Heart Segmentation’. This flexible, user-friendly solution allows for an effortless segmentation of the cardiovascular anatomy for advanced research and analyses. On a good quality dataset, segmentation now requires only a few mouse clicks rather than several hours of tedious work. In addition, the ‘Loft’ and ‘Sweep Loft’ tools make it easy to design benchtop models.

With the advanced export options, it is now possible to add a logo to the design in only a few seconds and export it in *zpr format for 3D Printing in multiple colors. Holding such a model in one’s hand can greatly improve the understanding of the different anatomical structures.

Apart from software improvements, a new way to characterize the mitral valve has been added to the Mimics Innovation Suite. This new patent pending workflow allows for a detailed analysis of this complex anatomy, reduces the number of design iterations needed and permits more confident entry into clinical trials.

*Available in the Research Edition of the Mimics Innovation Suite only

For more information, visit: biomedical.materialise.com/MIS/new-release

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Materialise launched the 3D Printed DINO clothes rack as an outcome of a recent collaboration with the Finland-based design studio KAYIWA. The DINO clothes rack blurs the line between design and art. While keeping aesthetics at the forefront of their design, the DINO rack serves as a functional furnishing piece that fits in a foyer, lounge, cloakroom, walk -in closet, wardrobe, or a fashion boutique. The sophisticated and eye-catching design of the DINO rack works to aesthetically enhance any space.

“During the last decade, 3D printing technology advanced considerably, which allowed the true vision for DINO to be realized,” says Lincoln Kayiwa, Designer and Founder of KAYIWA design studio. “In line with KAYIWA’s sustainability values, hangers are produced only to meet the exact demand. The remaining polyamide powder from the laser-sintered parts is reused. Nothing goes to waste.”

Suspended along an electro-polished stainless steel bar with spacers in between, hangers remain organized and comfortably swing back and forth and/or move side-to-side for efficient hanging and clothing removal. The hangers can be made in varying heights, leaving hanging space for long coats or making them easy to reach for children and people on a wheelchair. In addition, hangers can be hung on the bar in any order, according to your preference and their textured finish and ergonomic shape ensures the secure holding of clothes.

For this project, KAYIWA worked closely with the design and engineering team at Materialise. “Design is often the key to success for a 3D Printing project. Together with the customer, we modified the original shapes in order to come to designs that are ready for additive manufacturing. This guaranteed a perfect and repeatable quality that meets KAYIWA’s standards,” says Karel Honings, Project Manager at Materialise.

The DINO clothes rack is now available in three versatile models: straight, wavy and modular, and in the eight KAYIWA standard colors (black, blue, green, orange, red, violet, white and yellow). Nevertheless, the DINO rack can also be customized to match your  room’s current style and it is even possible to incorporate your company’s brand identity through a specific logo or color scheme.

For more information, visit: www.kayiwa.fi/product-category/clothes-racks

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Materialise NV (Nasdaq:MTLS) announced the acquisition of Belgian-based CENAT, a developer of embedded computing software and solutions for additive manufacturing control systems. Materialise acquired CENAT for an upfront cash payment and will be required to make certain earn-out payments if certain conditions are satisfied. This transaction will enable Materialise to add new software solutions for quality control to its open platform for additive manufacturing, which already includes tools for everything from file preparation to complete automation and control systems. The high-performance embedded software and processing power of CENAT's AM machine control systems, which have been developed in collaboration with Materialise, will support the extremely demanding quality control systems and processes needed to assure the correct production of printed end-parts in industries such as aerospace and medical.

Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen commented, "We are very proud to welcome the CENAT team to the Materialise Group. We began collaborating with CENAT in response to a growing demand for a greater control over quality for the manufacturing end-use parts, both within our own AM facilities as well as in those of our customers. As the system being developed was complementary to the broad range of solutions in our Open Software Platform for 3D Printing, the decision was made to bring the CENAT system in-house and to the market as part of our broad range of software solutions for industrial additive manufacturing."

"CENAT is very enthusiastic about joining the Materialise group," stated Stijn Schacht, founder and CEO of CENAT. "We have enjoyed the close collaboration with Materialise's R&D team in the development of an AM machine control system and look forward to furthering this work from within Materialise. Furthermore, by teaming up with such established players in the AM industry, we are very excited to be increasing the reach of a technology that answers a growing need for greater control over quality and repeatability."

For 25 years, Materialise has been constantly focused on driving 3D printing forward with innovative applications, operating in an open ecosystem. The company's market-leading software offers a neutral platform to link all 3D printing applications with any 3D printer in the industry and, in 2014, Materialise announced multiple partnerships with 3D printer manufacturers to create build processors that link software even more directly with the machine. This latest acquisition will further improve the transfer of data between machine and user, enabling a potentially greater amount of print success and allowing users to manufacture even more complex and higher quality parts.

Based in Gent, Belgium, CENAT is part of T&M solutions Group, a Group focused on creating custom-made multi-disciplinary solutions to test, measure, inspect, assemble and control products in almost all segments of the manufacturing industry. These solutions contribute to protecting customers' reputations by helping them to enhance their product quality and to optimize their production processes. The CENAT team is comprised of four experts specialized in the development of control systems and the corresponding embedded software, with a recent focus on applying the expertise of T&M solutions to the additive manufacturing industry.

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Designer-oriented 3D model marketplace CGTrader.com teams up with online 3D printing service i.Materialise to run a unique Christmas gift challenge that will propel 3D designers into creating bespoke ceramic and silver gifts.

Christmas is all about finding the perfect present – for your husband or wife, your mother-in-law or your best friend. And it’s certainly easier said than done, as last minute shopping has become synonymous with the holiday season. 3D printing technology holds immense potential for reinterpreting the shopping experience, as the customer is capable of ordering personalized, custom gifts as well as choosing from an array of unique items that, due to limitations of traditional methods, have previously been considered impossible to produce.

“What makes a 3D-printed gift so unique is the way it is created: it requires genuine thought and personal input to design a custom item that would mean something to the recipient. It can be a bespoke, one-off design or a personalized version of a pre-designed model - anyhow, it’s a heart-melting gesture that would not go unnoticed. i.Materialise brings the quality and expertise in 3D printing that will, we hope, encourage consumers to include 3D-printed items in their Christmas shopping list and make this challenge a staggering success”, - said Marius Kalytis, the CEO of CGTrader.

According to research, this year 49% of the consumers will do the Christmas shopping online earlier to avoid last year’s shipping nightmare, which means that serious scouring for gifts this season may start as early as mid-October. CGTrader has teamed up with the 3D printing experts at i.Materialise in attempt to make the gift shopping as enjoyable as the Boxing Day and tap into the bubbling segment of online Christmas shoppers who seek unique gifts.

“We have noticed that there is a growing community of designers who like to print personal gifts, and silver and ceramics are both high quality materials that make for beautiful end products. CGTrader has a large community of top level 3D designers who are more than capable of creating inspiring designs, so rolling out a joint campaign seemed like a smart choice”, said Katrien Vandenplas, Marketing Manager of i.materialise.

The i.Materialise Holiday Challenge is a team effort to showcase the range of possibilities that 3D printing brings to Christmas shopping, as designers are invited to work with two distinct categories – silver and ceramics. Winners of both categories will see their designs printed in the chosen material by i.materialise as well as receive a one-year premium membership to Autodesk 123D and 3D-printed chocolate objects from Chocedge. High-quality, beautiful end products are expected to accelerate the change in consumers’ mindset towards 3D printing as a new approach to personalized shopping experience for everyone and anyone, not a lab experiment for incredibly gifted. And as we begin to move away from the basic 3D-printed objects like Santa figurines, the really magnificent creations emerge layer by layer, literally, from nothing.

For more information, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges/i-materialise-holiday-challenge

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Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics19, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals. Focused on making your workflow as efficient as possible, Magics19 improves upon existing tools and modules and offers powerful new features to enhance your workflow capabilities. With Magics19, 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 Magics19, Materialise’s software developers have created a powerful range of features designed to take your data preparation to the next level. Taking full advantage of our Build Processor technology, these flexible solutions include:

  • Improved labeling and cutting
  • Upgraded reporting functionality
  • Slice distribution option for 3D nesting
  • New marking tools
  • Speed dial, for quick access of your most used functions
  • Milling offset

In addition to the enhanced functionalities, Magics19 is also introducing new and improved modules. The SinterModule has been expanded by adding a slice distribution option for the 3D nester. This allows you to focus on part quality and, with the new built-in mechanism, you can avoid interlocking parts after nesting. New marking tools have been added to the Support Generation (SG) module to provide more flexibility and control during the generation of supports. And for users that need flexibility for multiple materials or different part types, SG profiles have also been introduced. Finally, to ensure that even specialized users such as jewelry makers or those creating industrial metal applications are able to maximize their use of Magics, a new Tree Supports module has been added.

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

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Materialise NV (Nasdaq:MTLS), a leading provider of additive manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D printing solutions in the medical and industrial markets, has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint® models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the company addressed the need for models that can assist with diagnosing, planning and practicing complex cardiovascular procedures. This move strengthens the company's unique position in the market and is a natural extension of its Mimics® Innovation Suite of software for medical image processing which has an existing 510(k) clearance and CE mark.

By listing HeartPrint as a Class 1 medical device, the company is able to add HeartPrint models to their offering for pre-operative planning. The 3D-printed, patient-specific cardiovascular models are created from medical image data to provide cardiologists and surgeons with supplemental information to determine the best treatment for each unique patient.

"Where I think clinically 3D printing will take us, is to the next generation of imaging. As we've seen in the history of medicine, the better and better our imaging, the more precise we are to pre-operatively be able to say what operation we're going to do," said David Morales, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery for the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Nearly every week, the added-value of 3D printed solutions in the medical arena makes headlines. A recent story covered a 1-week-old baby who was born with a complex form of congenital heart disease in which both the aorta and pulmonary arteries arise from the right ventricle as well as a large hole in the heart called a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Only one day after he was born, an extremely low dose chest CT scan was acquired and data was sent to Todd Pietila, Cardiovascular Business Development Manager at Materialise, who created a digital 3D model of the baby's heart using Mimics® and then 3D-printed a replica where even the smallest details were visible. With the walnut-size model in hand, the team of clinicians at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital were able to find a solution for repairing all of the baby's defects in one procedure rather than the typical series of palliative operations which can be life threatening.

"After the success of this surgery, it's hard to imagine entering an operating room for another complex case without the aid of a 3D printed model. It's definitely going to be standard of care in the future and we're happy to be leading the way," said Dr. Emile Bacha, a congenital heart surgeon and Director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

Regulatory entities have raised concerns about 3D printing in a clinical environment as a validated quality system is critical for ensuring accuracy and safety. Materialise is the only company who is actively addressing these issues with their Mimics Innovation Suite for segmenting the medical image data and Streamics, which is dedicated to automating, controlling and tracking the 3D printing process to ensure traceability and clinical-level quality standards.

"We're proud that the Mimics Innovation Suite is one of the few engineering packages with the appropriate validation to be considered a medical device. This makes it easier for Materialise and our customers to bring patient-specific, 3D-printed treatments to the market. It's important for us to stay ahead of the regulatory requirements," Koen Engelborghs, Director of Biomedical Engineering at Materialise, states. "We saw the advantages for patients when HeartPrint models were used in a clinical environment and are looking forward to continuing our collaborations with hospitals to address their 3D printing needs."

For more information, visit: www.biomedical.materialise.com/heartprint

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Materialise, a pioneer in the medical applications of 3D Printing, has worked together with hand specialist Dr. Verstreken to give children with complex, improperly-healed forearm fractures a fresh chance for a carefree and active childhood. One of these children is 7-year-old Joos. Although he once avoided the use of his badly-healed arm, Joos can no longer tell which arm he had surgery on without looking for the scar.

The beginning of Joos’s story is a familiar one for many parents of active young children as it starts when he broke both bones in his left forearm in a playground accident in 2013. Where this story differs is that when the healing process was complete and the cast was removed, it was revealed that Joos had a crooked, improperly-healed arm for which the simplest movements had become impossible. This also left him without feeling in his fingers.

Against the advice of their doctor and physiotherapist who told them that there was nothing to be done, Joos’s parents started looking for a way to fix their son’s arm and found hand specialist Frederik Verstreken MD (Monica Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium). Dr. Verstreken used Materialise’s technology, including 3D surgical planning solutions and 3D printed, patient-specific surgical guides, and Mobelife’s 3D-printed, custom-made titanium implants to perform an osteotomy and restore full-functionality to the boy’s arm.

The result of the surgery exceeded the parents’ expectations. Soon after the surgery, Joos regained the feeling in his fingers, a sensation he had not felt for the previous 6 months, and could once more enjoy life as an active young child. “I had a child with a handicap, now he’s a normally functioning boy,” Kathleen, Joos’s mom, testifies.

In the meantime, Dr. Verstreken has performed four other similar surgeries on children who lacked full mobility in their forearm after double fractures improperly healed. “These cases were so difficult and complex that it would not have been possible to obtain a successful reconstruction using conventional techniques.”

For more information, visit: ortho.materialise.com

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Materialise is proud to announce the release of Streamics Robot 4.1. Streamics Robot is the ultimate automation tool for all your Additive Manufacturing (AM) part preparation and online quoting needs. With this latest update, Materialise has further improved the automation of AM part preparation and analysis tasks to reduce human effort and errors, increase productivity, and offer additional features to enhance the online quoting process.

Key features of Streamics Robot 4.1:

  • Automates your AM analysis and preparation operations
    • Automatically rescale parts
    • Shrink & Wrap option
  • Allows you to configure operations to your personal preferences
  • Supports different input formats
  • Exports different formats, with details on file quality
  • Supports server-based computing
  • Offers different user interfaces for standalone use or integration with a third party application via REST-based web services
  • Integrated functionality to convert CAD files with external color textures

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/streamics-robot

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Belgian Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is thrilled to announce the launch of 3-maticSTL 9.0. 3-maticSTL is an innovative, flexible software tool that allows for design modification and simplification, 3D texturing, remeshing, forward engineering, and much more – all on the STL level.

With this release, Materialise took many of the suggestions of its customers into account. The main priorities for the users were to focus on rendering, robustness, usability and new design functionalities. This updated software enables the creation of watertight designs that will ensure the quality of 3D Printed parts.

New key features and improvements include:

  • New rendering with a ruler to allow faster manipulation and visualization of models
  • Automatic rib pattern – creates a clean rib structure that conforms to the 3D model
  • Point-based patterning – create an overall pattern in one click.
  • Randomized porous structures
  • Conformal structures that follow the geometry of the 3D model
  • 2D UV page for easy positioning of the 2D texture
  • Slice-based texturing – export a 2D texture to the Magics Build Processor, which handles the slicing of even large 2D textures

As previously announced, 3-maticSTL is also expected to be made available through the APA program for Altair HyperWorks® users later this year.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/3-maticSTL

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of the latest Mimics Innovation Suite, including the Mimics 17.0 and 3-matic 9.0 software solutions. As the industry standard for processing and editing anatomical data from medical images, the software is now further strengthened with numerous time-saving new tools, the ability to import 3D Ultrasound data* and two new modules: X-ray* and Pulmonary.

For nearly 25 years, Materialise has been leading the way in solutions for evidence-based R&D starting with medical image data. Now, with the addition of the X-ray Module*, it’s  possible to analyze the 3D position of bones and implants at each critical moment of a patient’s treatment, without the expense of multiple MRI scans and unnecessary exposure to high doses of radiation with additional CT scans. By combining 3D imaging modalities with X-ray images engineers can work in the 3D environment they prefer, while collaborating with clinicians in the modality they’re most accustomed to using. This powerful combination opens up numerous possibilities such as comparing 3D pre-operative plans with post-operative results to analyze and improve surgical procedures.

The new Pulmonary Module enables clinicians to derive more anatomical information from your lung CT scans. This flexible, fast and user-friendly solution facilitaties the accurate segmentation of the lower respiratory system for advanced research and analyses. Though segmenting the pulmonary system has always been possible in Mimics, the new module offers improved outcome parameters that enable the early detection of diseases and the innovation of options for localized therapies.

By adding new import modalities to the Mimics Innovation Suite like 3D Ultrasound*, Engineering on AnatomyTM acquires a much broader scope, allowing for fully dynamic cardiovascular analyses. As Ultrasound is readily available, safe for patients, administered in comfortable positions, less expensive compared to MRI or CT and now able to be imported into the Mimics Innovation Suite; its utility for R&D is higher than ever.

*Available in the Research Edition of the Mimics Innovation Suite only

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

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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

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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

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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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Materialise is proud to announce that the Cadence.MGX pendant lamp by One & Co. has won a 2011 Good Design Award. This marks the fourth time in as many years that our design division, .MGX by Materialise, has been acknowledged by Good Design for outstanding product development. In 2008, it was for both the One_Shot.MGX stool and the Sequence.MGX fruit bowl, and in 2010, the Bloom lamp received the coveted prize.

By transitioning from a rigid pattern to a flexible surface, the Cadence.MGX brings to life an idea once thought impossible to produce in a single material, and showcases the incredible possibilities of 3D printing.

Founded in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Good Design bestows international recognition upon designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered basic product and consumer design.

The Good Design Awards are conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

For more information, visit: www.mgxbymaterialise.com/component/one/mgxmodel/detail/detail/67

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We are on the verge of what many are calling the Industrial Revolution 2.0. During the Materialise World Conference, experts from around the world will be brought together to experience and discuss the technology and solutions needed to make this revolution a reality.

  • where designers are empowered to create better products,
  • where doctors are empowered to provide better treatment though customized medical solutions,
  • where biomedical experts are empowered to take their research to the next level,
  • where manufacturers are empowered to better serve and support their customers,
  • where consumers are empowered to create something personal through their involvement in the design process.

During the conference, you will be able to interact with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds and learn more about how they are putting AM to use. In addition, specialized tracks will be pursued in the summits below, allowing attendees to get the information most relevant to their needs. Each summit will be comprised of smaller, more focused sessions.

  • The Materialise Automotive Summit (April 18-19    From Vision to Precision: Breaking the Mold in the Automotive Industry with AM
  • The Materialise Additive Manufacturing Summit (April 18-19) Game Changing in Manufacturing
  • The Medical Innovation Conference (April 18-20) Engineering on Anatomy
  • The Research & Technology Track (April 20)

Attendance is absolutely free!

Materialise has decided to once more waive the registration fee for all attendees. It is our goal to offer our attendees an open forum where they can interact with each other, share insights, and through open discussions, learn from their peers.

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

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SurgiCase Connect is a free, interactive tool that enables surgeons to upload medical image data and communicate about 3D surgical plans and the design of 3D printed surgical guides. In order to make SurgiCase Connect easier to use than ever, Materialise is proud to announce that there is now a SurgiCase Connect iPad App available for download in European App Stores.

Thanks to this mobile platform surgeons will be able to fit SurgiCase Connect seamlessly into their fast-paced lives. In addition, the fact that they can use their fingers to manipulate 3D models and review surgical plans brings an extra “personal touch” to the planning of patient-specific surgical procedures. Perfection has never been so easy to achieve.

SurgiCase Connect is an interactive tool that allows you to:

* Upload CT images and other case data. Our clinical engineers convert the scanner data into virtual 3D models; you can use the 3D models to examine your patient’s pathology from various angles
* Work as a team to brainstorm the best possible surgical plan
* Receive unique surgical guides along with a physical 3D model of the pathology, designed by your engineer at Materialise.
* Step confidently in the operating room, fully prepared

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/ortho/connect

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A remarkable team of plastic surgeons, led by Prof. Blondeel at the University Hospital of Ghent, have successfully executed Belgium’s first full face transplant. Although it was the world’s nineteenth face transplant, this was the first time that the complex procedure was fully planned using digital planning and 3D printing. During the 20 hour long procedure the patient, who suffered from a large facial defect, received bone, muscles, veins, nerves, and of course skin from a donor who had just died.

Pre-operative planning for both the donor and the recipient was completed in collaboration with Materialise CMF (cranio-maxillo facial) clinical engineers using ProPlan CMF. Using CT data, a digital representation of the patient’s anatomy was created and used in the formation of a detailed plan for this complex procedure. In order to put the surgical plan into action, anatomical models and patient specific surgical guides were 3D printed for use before and during the operation. The anatomical models allowed the surgeons to see below the skin of both the patient and the donor and carry out advanced preparation. The 3D printed guides were used during the procedure itself to aid the surgeons and allow them to realize the surgical plan they had created.

The entire CMF team at Materialise is proud of the contribution they have made to this incredible milestone in Belgian medical history.

Materialise would like to congratulate the team of 65 surgeons and medical staff at the University Hospital of Ghent for successfully completing this remarkable procedure. This is an incredible achievement, even more so given that the patient is already making a recovery that surpasses expectations; regaining the ability to speak only 6 days into recovery.

For those that understand Dutch, a video interview is available outlining the procedure at: www.deredactie.be/permalink/1.1191529

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Materialise is proud to report that Laser Prototypes Europe Ltd has enhanced its stereolithography support generation process by investing in e-Stage, an automated software solution by Materialise. e-Stage takes support generation for stereolithography to the next level, saving employees significant amounts of time and labour. The automated software is so intelligent that anyone with basic knowledge of stereolithography can create optimised build supports – all it takes is a mouse click.

Invest in automation

More and more organisations operating stereolithography machines are quickly realising the benefits of investing in the automated and intelligent e-Stage. The sophisticated software not only assesses where parts require build supports, but it also takes into consideration a host of factors such as re-coater load, resin viscosity, laser diameter, overcure values etc. to create an exact build simulation before generating optimal support structures. Guesswork is totally eliminated from the equation. “Now, at the push of a button, e-Stage gives you the best support solution, and in 99% of cases it’s better than a human. It really is that revolutionary,” explains Tom Walls, Managing Director of Laser Prototypes, the longest established bureau in the UK and Ireland offering solutions for almost every prototyping requirement.

Save both time and labour

Not only does e-Stage save significant amounts of time by negating the need to edit build supports, finishing time is also dramatically reduced. The strong and durable support structure is topped with ‘needle like’ part contact points that make e-Stage supports easy to remove. This lowers the risk of breaking small features during support removal and leaves less evidence of supports on the part surface. The intelligent e-Stage structure also grows around geometries for minimal part contact, meaning that side-wall scarring is eliminated and parts can be nested above others without the parts at the bottom suffering from support contact on their top surfaces. The release of e-Stage 6.0 in December 2011 delivered additional benefits, including the ability to specify ‘no support zones’ on parts, which has proved to save hours of editing supports for single geometries with complex internal features such as cooling channels. e-Stage 6.0 also enhanced the intelligence of the algorithm, resulting in less build support volume being required to successfully build parts.

“I have 20 years of experience using stereolithography and when Materialise said e-Stage would almost entirely remove the need for a technician to edit supports, I was sceptical. However, this software has helped to significantly reduce the amount of time technicians take to prepare builds, freeing them up to concentrate on other technical duties,” says Walls. “Well done Materialise, this is yet another fantastic product that will help newcomers to the technology, making their job easier.”

Increase workforce flexibility

For companies large and small, e-Stage undoubtedly optimises the stereolithography processes, allowing organisations to build more parts with their existing machines, shorten production times and increase part quality. “All that is required is the click of a mouse button so it’s much easier to cover holidays, without relying solely on a technician. We’ve found that managers of smaller organisations have particularly benefitted from employing e-Stage, as they’re able to allocate more time to higher-value tasks such as offering technical solutions to customers and investigating other ways to streamline their business rather than having to assist with editing supports for stereolithography builds”, remarks Luke Ambrose, UK & Ireland Account Manager – Software for Additive Manufacturing, Materialise.. Especially in a market where there is increased demand for speed and efficiency, e-Stage only makes good business sense.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/e-Tools

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Capturing the beauty of Vienna’s imperial nostalgia in an impressive 3D scale model has proven to be a stunning project for Materialise, no matter which way you look at it.

Urban planners have turned to 3D printing to help them in the rejuvenation process of some districts of the city. A scale model of one such renewal project, the Morzinplatz-Schwedenplatz, was on display in Vienna’s Museum Karlsplatz in an exhibition called ‘Space for the city’. Its purpose was not simply to show how beautiful this inner-city development along the Danube Canal could be. It also highlights potential development ideas and encourages a conversation with the public about the new Raiffeisen building proposed in the area.

With such a lofty purpose in mind, it was important for planners to give people the most realistic and accurate representation of the project as possible. That’s why the City of Vienna (Magistrat der Stadt Wien) approached Materialise.

Couldn’t be created in any other way

Based on design files collected from photos taken from a plane, a matrix was used to prepare the data. Cut into 21 pieces, the 1,220 mm X 900 mm replica was then printed on a Z Corporation printer, the only 3D printer able to print in colour.

“It was certainly a challenge to prepare the data of this extensive project, but thanks to our experience we were able to create a highly-detailed, good quality product which is aesthetically appealing,” explains Josef Kurz, Branch Manager at Materialise Austria. “Not a lot of companies could manage such a project in such a short time.”
Highly-detailed, stunningly beautiful

Thanks to the accuracy and resolution of the ZPrinter, details were represented in colour with a high degree of precision. Now people can see what the proposed building and area will look like so there will be no surprises.

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We are proud to announce that Materialise will be featured in an upcoming episode of ‘Brave New World with Stephen Hawking’, a Channel 4 documentary series during which “Professor Stephen Hawking examines how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward” (description from the website). So, for those of you in living in the UK, be sure to set your DVRs because you will not want to miss a minute of this show. The episode will air on Monday the 31st of October at 8pm on Channel 4. Although airing on Halloween, we promise you that the only thing scary about the show is how much further technology has come than many expect.

Filming took place at Materialise’s Belgian Headquarters earlier in the year and we are excited to finally see the result of what proved to be an exciting day of shooting. Materialise is being featured in the third episode of the series entitled: Technology. It will be designer Max Lamb who will guide viewers through the world of 3D printing and who will give you a glimpse of what is happening here at Materialise. Also featured in this episode will be how mobile phones can give experts access to our every habit and action, experimental cities in which citizens get around in unmanned cars, spaceship factories, and more.

To learn more about ‘Brave New World with Stephen Hawking’, visit: www.channel4.com/programmes/brave-new-world-with-stephen-hawking

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We at Materialise are honored to have worked on the breath-taking Sagalassos exhibition taking place at the Gallo-Roman museum in Tongeren from 29/10/2011 to 17/06/2012. Together with the research team from the KU Leuven and those who the discovered the ruins, we were able to 3D print this massive yet intricate scale model of the Greek-Roman city exactly as it was at the height of its glory.

3D printing is the ideal technology for accurately reproducing models to this scale and complexity. For those familiar with Google Street View, you will understand that it is now possible to create 3D reproductions of the buildings around us on a computer for others to see and enjoy. 3D printing allows these reproductions to be built layer-by-layer, using lasers and in this case a liquid resin, for a high quality result.

As experts in 3D printing, we sat down with the project team to discuss how best to realize this incredible project. Which details could be built? To what dimensions could we go? In which manner would the 3D files from the archeological site be best handled? After these important decisions were made and the final 3D file were delivered to Materialise, we were able to use our Magics software in order to easily optimize the file in order to prepare it for production.

We printed the scale model on one of Materialise’s own patented Mammoth machines, the largest stereolithography machines in the world, on which parts larger than 2m can be build in one piece. A special material called Protegen was used, which is a liquid epoxy perfectly suited for this 3D printing method. For stereolithography, a thin layer of liquid is spread over a large platform and lasers are used to harden the liquid according, much like the laser printers in our houses. The only difference is that in this case, hundreds if not thousands of layers are drawn and connected, one of top of another to create a 3D object. At the end, the object rises from the machine and the unused liquid flows away.

To finish the piece, the scale model was covered in a protective white coating. Due to the impressive size of the scale model, it was printed in several pieces and still, only 15 days were required in order to bring Sagalassos back to glorious life.

For more information on the exhibition, visit: www.galloromeinsmuseum.be/tijdelijke_tentoonstellingen/sagalassos,-city-of-dreams

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Materialise is proud to announce the latest release of their market-leading software solution for Additive Manufacturing (AM), Magics16. Magics enables users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready to be manufactured. Its applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; documenting projects; production planning; and much more. The latest release has been strongly influenced by user feedback and as such, focuses greatly on usability. In Magics16, AM professionals can expect to find an updated menu structure, improved features, and powerful new modules.

The theme of Magics16 is ‘go with the flow’ because this version is guaranteed to ease its users through the entire AM process. For longtime users of Magics, an anticipated update is a new menu structure that makes it easier than ever to find the tools they need and move from one step of the AM process to the next. And that is only the beginning. Magics has long supported the import of most CAD formats, and the software now supports files from the highly popular Google SketchUp 8.0 as well the newest format in the AM industry, the .amf file format. What’s more, Magics16 introduces improved features for postioning parts, transforming surfaces into solids, strengthening parts through the generation of props, and preparing a platform with improved collision detection. This full list of improvements and new features for this release is an impressive one and a presentation has been provided both online and within the software to help users take advantage of them all.

Dr. Tim Van den Bogaert, product manager of Magics, has this to say about the latest release, “Year after year, we at Materialise continue to improve our famous Magics software, delivering new releases which meets the expectations of our most critical users. Our newest release is no different, and this year it is strongly oriented towards usability. Many users have sent us feedback over the past years about issues that can make a big difference in their working environment. We have bundled many of their suggestions to make this Magics straightforward and easy-to-use. In addition, we have continued innovating and thinking up new functionalities that we hope will make their life easier.”

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com/magics16

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In episode 6 of the popular new TV series, My Design Life, Lisa S. Roberts and Maria Eife venture into the fascinating world of 3D Printing. During their adventure, they speak to a celebrated designer with a long and successful history with Materialise, Patrick Jouin, as well as Materialise’s own Jamie Milas, North America Marketing Manager.

In this episode, we are taken to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where Patrick Jouin speaks about his beautiful (yet functional) creations such as the Bloom and the One_Shot.MGX which exemplify exactly what Lisa is going after, “to make art and design accessible to people in their daily lives”. Both pieces were produced at Materialise and also featured in the recent and very successful London Design Festival installation, Industrial Revolution 2.0, at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Meanwhile, Jamie Milas is interviewed in New York at what has been called the best design store in the world, Moss. While there, the film crew shoots the various .MGX by Materialise collection pieces on display while Jamie shares stories about Materialise and 3D printing.

MY DESIGN LIFE is produced by Nancy Glass Productions. Nancy Glass, Sara Baxter and Lisa S. Roberts are Executive Producers.

For more information and schedule, please visit: www.ovationtv.com or www.mydesignlife.tv

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For 10 exciting days in September, Materialise found itself at the epicenter of the world of art and design as it took part in the London Design Festival, 2011. During the festival, the world-renowned Murray Moss, called the Washington Post “America's most closely watched purveyor of industrial design,” presented a special exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) entitled Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World Will Newly Materialise. This exhibition involved the placement of 3D printed objects in eight strategic locations in the museum, with each piece telling a story through the interaction with its surroundings. All of the pieces involved were produced here at the Materialise headquarters in Belgium.

This event was fantastic because it not only gave us prized invitations to the best London Design Festival parties, but we were also able to reward our customers with a VIP Tour of the exhibition led by none other than the curator himself, Murray Moss.

You can learn more about the exhibition and how it is was made by watching the videos below, or by reading coverage of the event through the links provided.

The Independent:
Object lesson: How the world of decorative art is being revolutionised by 3D printing

The New York Times:
London Design Festival | Site Specific

The Telegraph:
New dimension: 3D printing machines
London Design Festival: director’s highlights

The Guardian:
London design festival shows the world in a new light

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A selection of 3D printed objects, manufactured by Belgium’s own Materialise, will be on display throughout the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the London Design Festival which runs from the 17th till the 25th of September, 2011.

Curated by the world-renowned Murray Moss, the exhibition will show a range of 3D printed objects produced at Materialise’s Belgian headquarters and created by both established and up-and-coming artists, architects, and designers working in the UK, USA, France, The Netherlands and Denmark. Designers include Stephen Jones, Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, and many others, Several of the works to be shown have already been acquired by leading museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Murray Moss has this to say about the exhibition “We are witnessing an ‘Industrial Revolution 2.0’.

Radical advances in digital and laser technologies, initiated by industry leader Materialise, Belgium, and applied to what is currently referred to as Additive Manufacturing, allow for the three-dimensional ‘printing’ of objects, a sophisticated fabrication process once reserved for prototyping but which is quickly becoming ubiquitous and is profoundly permeating all areas of our contemporary material world, including fashion and domestic furnishings, as well as transportation, medicine, and architecture.

To emphasize the ‘viral’ nature of this Revolution, I have commissioned eight designs from the worlds of fashion and furnishings – all sponsored and produced by Materialise – which were chosen because they respond directly to corresponding masterworks in the Museum’s collection, and/or to prominent locations within the V&A, which I have visited regularly over the past 50 years. My aim was to initiate little ‘narratives’ – some of which I hope will amuse – between certain of the Museum’s historical holdings and these ‘futuristic’ contemporary objects, not only shedding new light on the Museum’s collection, but, in the process, demonstrating the wide reach of these new technologies.”

The excitement is shared by Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen, who states, “It is a great honor for us at Materialise to be so involved in the V&A’s first exhibition dedicated entirely to 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) and we are proud to be recognized for our expertise in this industry. We truly believe that this technology has the potential to make the world a better and healthier place, and we have made it our mission to make this a reality. We expect the technology to change design, production, distribution and consumption radically.”

Murray Moss’s New York City gallery, Moss (www.mossonline.com), is renowned for its promotion of established and cutting edge design and has been labelled the ‘best design store in the world’ by The International Herald Tribune. He has a long relationship with Materialise, offering many of their works through his celebrated gallery. It is thanks to Materialise’s patented Mammoth machines, the world’s largest stereolithography machines, that larger designs, such as the Fractal.MGX which is featured in the exhibition, can be produced in a single piece.

For more information, visit:  www.londondesignfestival.com

Photo Credits: Thomas Duval, Stephane Briolant, Iris Van Herpen, Michel Zoeter, Petrovski & Ramone, Stephen Jones

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Materialise was invited to the VIP Preview Screening of Ovation’s ‘MY DESIGN LIFE’ at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Jamie Milas, North America Marketing Manager of Materialise was interviewed for one of the episodes that focused on 3D Printing which will air on Wednesday, September 7th at 8:30 PM ET/PT in the United States.

Ovation, design expert Lisa S. Roberts and Nancy Glass Productions have collaborated on a new original series, MY DESIGN LIFE. The series, which consists of ten 30-minute episodes, will air on consecutive Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET on Ovation, the only network dedicated to arts culture.

MY DESIGN LIFE follows Roberts and her design team as they visit museum exhibitions, trade shows, retail stores and designers' studios gathering ideas and inspiration for Roberts’ upcoming book, DESIGNPOP: POPULAR TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY PRODUCT DESIGN. Episodes include visits to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the design studios of Harry Allen and Tony Wurman; restaurants, including David Rockwell’s Pod and Christine Liaigre’s Buddakan; and retail stores such as Design Within Reach and Moss.

Jamie Milas was interviewed at Moss on Thursday, July 14 for the 3D printing episode. The crew filmed the various .MGX by Materialise collection pieces that are on display at Moss while Jamie explained about Materialise and 3D printing. Lisa Roberts also interviewed Patrick Jouin during this same episode about his beautiful (yet functional) creations such as the Bloom.MGX and the The One_Shot.MGX which exemplify exactly what Lisa is going after, “to make art and design accessible to people in their daily lives”.

MY DESIGN LIFE is produced by Nancy Glass Productions. Nancy Glass, Sara Baxter and Lisa S. Roberts are Executive Producers.

For more information and schedule, please visit www.ovationtv.com or www.mydesignlife.tv

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The growing community of DIY designers + makers is a phenomenon that has exploded in recent months. The shift away from mass customized products towards individual, personalized goods is a reflection of the changing tide in consumerism and it has been made possible by the increasing accessibility of the tools that allow consumers to design and make the products they want – when they want them.

Personalisation is the creation of a product to meet the specific requirements of an individual. The epitome of personalisation is the creation of one’s own wedding ring, and that is precisely what Cloud9 design software together with 3D printing from i.materialise has achieved for Kari.

Of course it helps if your mum has a background in design and jewellery — but these days it is not an essential factor. This inspiring story, though, is shared to illustrate the potential of original design + make technologies.

Rob proposed to Kari at the end of last year, and her dream engagement ring was one that Kari had seen years earlier, created using traditional techniques by her mum, Ann Marie Shillito who is a jeweller,  a 3D design software developer and a self-confessed 3D printing evangelist.

Kari is extremely proud of her mother, saying: “‘I have been so lucky growing up with a jeweller as my mum, some of my earliest and fondest memories are walking through the front door after school to the familiar sound of her hammering away in her workshop.”

Ann Marie now also runs Anarkik3D, a company that has developed Cloud9 — a haptic, organic modelling software package for easy, intuitive 3D design. This original software in combination with the latest developments in 3D printing materials — titanium — meant that the timing could not have been more perfect for Ann Marie to bring all of the necessary threads together to fulfill her daughter’s wish.

The original engagement ring would have been extremely difficult to reproduce for a number of reasons, however, with Cloud9 and 3D printing at her disposal, Ann Marie was able to recreate the design within the software, to be 3D printed in titanium. Furthermore, she was able to design a super fluid titanium wedding ring that flows around the diamond of the engagement ring to create an elegant, personal integrated set.

With the general concept approved by the happy couple the process was set in motion. A test design from Cloud9 was 3D printed in steel for Kari to see and try it on. Following this the full, integrated set was finalised in the Cloud9 software using an accurate digital diamond. On final approval, the wedding ring design was saved and converted to .stl format and sent to I.imaterialise in Belgium to be printed in Titanium. Within two weeks the ring was returned for finishing. With the diamond set in the gold engagement ring the two fitted together perfectly so it looks as though the diamond is floating within the flowing titanium bands.

Kari is absolutely delighted with the results: “I love that my mum made my wedding ring using a 3D computer programme! As well as an interesting life, she has given us a unique and special gift and our rings are now all the more precious to us.”

The Cloud9 software is part of a complete design package — Chameleon — which includes the Falcon 3D mouse; uniquely available from A1 Technologies.

For more information, visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk or i.materialise.com

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Materialise is proud to announce the newest release of the Mimics Innovation Suite. The software solution, already renowned for being the fastest and easiest method for getting accurate 3D surface models from imaging data, is now faster and more user-friendly than ever. An example of the improved features is that several algorithms have been made significantly smarter, increasing the speed at which they perform. Since medical imaging data is getting more detailed, resulting in bigger files, these smarter and faster algorithms are necessary to ensure a smooth workflow from image data to Engineering on Anatomy.

With this release of the Mimics Innovation Suite, both Mimics and 3-matic have new and updated features to introduce. Mimics 14.1 now offers integration with the User Community, multiple core support, a new import wizard, and an auto-save that is up to 90% faster than currently available. Another useful feature is the ability to change parameters without waiting. When strict parameters are used, this can cause long calculations. It is now possible to stop these calculations midway and change the parameters, saving valuable time.

The latest release of 3-matic introduces an improved user interface, adaptive remeshing, the ability to change parameters during a calculation, an Expert Mode, and quick labeling. In addition, there are two new modules to discover for the reverse engineering of medical data and the anaylsis of parts. The Anatomical Reverse Engineering module makes the conversion from 3D triangle meshes to CAD format (IGES) straightforward and easy to accomplish. This means a non-stop workflow from medical images to solid IGES files for implant design or FEA without the need for additional software. It is “reverse engineering” made simple. The Analysis module can be used to analyze and visualize: the thickness of a part, the differences between two similar parts (for example, pre-operative and post-op models), and the curvature of a part.

Koen Engelborghs, Business Unit Manager of Materialise’s Biomedical Engineer unit, has this to say about the latest Mimics Innovation Suite release, “When it comes to improving existing features and creating new ones, we are inspired by those who ulitimately use our software. Users of the Mimics Innovatation Suite are taking biomedical R&D to new heights, therefore it is important that we are able to provide them with the best tools possible to carry out their research. With this new release, we are confident that those who use their Mimics Innovation Suite will appreciate the new features because of the actions they can now perform and the time they will save as a result.”

For more information visit: www.materialise.com/mis

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RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 23, 2011. Wilfried Vancraen was selected to receive this prestigious award by the RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award Subcommittee in recognition of his exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing industry.

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. From the very beginning, Fried has concentrated on researching and developing solutions for the transfer of data to AM machines. Today, there is an entire range of market leading software solutions offered by Materialise for use in the industrial and medical applications of AM. Software developed at Materialise has allowed the company, and many others like it, get more out of the AM process and has pushed for the adoption of AM technologies in a growing range of fields.

Fried also pioneered several major applications in the AM sector including stereolithographic medical models, colored stereolithographic medical models, perforated support structures, RapidFit Fixtures, surgical guides for oral and orthopaedic surgeons, and automated hearing aid design. Furthermore, as he strongly values the growth of the industry as a whole, he has long offered solutions developed at Materialise to others for the benefit of the entire AM industry.

The award nomination, submitted by Colleen Wivell (Director of Materialise USA) focused on two initiatives Fried has recently undertaken: the launch of the i.materialise website and the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI).

In 2010, Materialise launched a new consumer website called i.materialise, which allows consumers to express themselves by turning their ideas into 3D reality. The website empowers consumers to create designs that enrich their lives and enables them to share their sense of beauty with the people around them by adding unique touches to their environment. With this service, Materialise brings twenty years of experience with high-quality 3D printing within everyone’s reach. The i.materialise effort is a revolutionary push towards a global understanding and love for 3D printing.

Also in 2010, Fried gave Additive Manufacturing another boost by uniting the industry leaders through the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI). This initiative was introduced in May of last year, when Materialise hosted the first ‘CEO Summit’ at the RAPID show. During this meeting, Fried inspired the CEO’s of the major OEMs and material providers with his vision to unite the industry with the intension of growing the market rather than fighting for market share.

After EuroMold in December 2010, eleven companies committed to the effort (3D Systems Corporation, CONCEPT Laser GmbH, DSM, envisionTEC, EOS, Materialise, Objet, ReaLizer, Stratasys, voxeljet technology GmbH, and Z Corporation). Today, the members gathered again to hear a presentation by the true agency (formally thepubagency, Belgium) with ideas for a PR campaign to increase the awareness of Additive Manufacturing. In the next few weeks, the AMBI group will be voting on the plan for moving forward with this effort.

Fried is truly a pioneer and an influential leader whose visionary solutions play an integral role in the growth and profitability of the AM industry. He is dedicated to the Materialise mission to “innovate product development resulting in a better and healthier world through software and hardware infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing.” It is this mission that has inspired the breakthroughs and innovations for which he is being recognized. It is exciting that he has won this award and has been acknowledged for his achievements.

For more information visit: www.materialise.com

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.MGX, the design division of the Leuven-based Materialise, presents its new collaboration with Xavier Lust: Algue.MGX. A follow-up to the successful Gamete.MGX, this new lamp represents the second collaboration between .MGX and one of Belgium’s foremost designers. Presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April, the Algue.MGX combines two state-of-the-art technologies: a LED light source and 3D stereolithography printing. And as with all .MGX designs, it also combines the best of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship: each piece is individually created and hand-finished.

The Algue.MGX seems to undulate following the streams and moving fluids of our environment. This ornamental lamp is a lit evocation of the abyssal depths of the oceans. “The idea for the Algue.MGX was born during one of the frequent informal meetings I had with Xavier in his studio. At one point, we came to talk about the classic novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ by Jules Verne, and how 3D printing technologies could give us the freedom to imitate the fantastical, vegetal shapes from the story. The sketches drawn during this meeting became the starting point of the 3D computer development. For me, the Algue.MGX is a fantasy come to life,” Alessio Esposti, Art Director, .MGX.

.MGX by Materialise is a pioneer in additive manufacturing, the technique whereby designs are printed three-dimensionally. Materialise works together with a host of renowned international designers such as Amanda Levete, Patrick Jouin and Arik Levy, as well as with Xavier Lust. Together with these masterminds of contemporary design, .MGX aims to create collections which are not only functional, but which also create a magical atmosphere and stimulate your senses and imagination.
.MGX products are currently sold in more than 20 countries and have received a whole host of awards in recent years, including the Red Dot Design Award for the Bloom, Lily.MGX and Omi.MGX lamps and the Good Design Award for the Bloom lamp, One_Shot.MGX stool and the Sequence.MGX bowl.

For more information visit: www.mgxbymaterialise.com

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Materialise NV is proud to announce the acquisition of Marcam Engineering GmbH, the leading German developer of software for Additive Manufacturing (AM). This move will extend Materialise’s software portfolio by adding Marcam’s expertise for Metal AM and highly regarded software packages to those currently being offered. Customers of both companies will benefit directly from this expansion as they see the range of services available to them greatly increase.

Together, Materialise and Marcam plan to combine their strengths, with Marcam continuing to focus on Metal AM and becoming Materialise’s Metal Competence Center. This gives Materialise a dedicated team that understands the needs and challenges of this market, and is able to further offer and develop solutions for it. This acquisition supports the strategy of Materialise to drive innovations in different technologies and applications within the AM industry.

Marcam will become Materialise’s fourth software development site, joining the teams currently situated in Belgium, Ukraine, and Malaysia. Marcam’s software packages AutoFab and InfinySlice will be added to Materialise’s innovative range of software solutions. In the short term, all Marcam products will be further commercialized and maintained by Marcam. Future plans, will see the strengths of the software packages being combined, creating a powerful new generation of software solutions for AM.

“This is an exciting time to be in the AM industry as use of the technology rapidly increases for both prototyping and high-quality end products”, said Marcam CEO Marcus Joppe. “Becoming part of the Materialise Group will allow us to greatly expand our business and we look forward to extending our technology and software into a vast array of new markets as a result.”

Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen added, “We have long respected Marcam and the software solutions they offer, and by including them in the Materialise Group, together we can push Metal AM technology to the next level faster. This acquisition also supports Materialise’s mission for a better and healthier world by expanding the technology basis. We are able to offer, for instance, better solutions for Titanium implants production with Additive Manufacturing.”

Marcam Engineering was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), a pioneer in the field of Additive Manufacturing Technologies. BIBA has been intensely involved in the industry since 1989.

Marcam Engineering has extensive experience in developing CAD/CAM software in addition to expertise in the use of Additive Manufacturing Technologies covering the entire range of techniques, which includes 3D printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Additive Manufacturing. Marcam has focused on the metal market and the development of process solutions in direct co-operation with machine manufacturers.

For more information visit: www.materialise.com or www.marcam.de

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Do you have an idea you want to bring to life? Innovators have previously faced the complexities of transforming their imagination into reality. Now, thanks to Materialise, your idea can be 3D printed. Their innovative website, i.materialise, converts your design into a 3D object without you having to know the details of additive manufacturing. You just upload your file and wait for your order to show-up at your door.

Offering the possibility to create a custom world around you, 3D printing brings your unique design to life without breaking your budget. With 3D printing, your file will be printed layer-by-layer, so designs are not limited to the restrictions of traditional manufacturing processes like injection-molding. In fact, this technology can in some cases drastically reduce manufacturing costs and time, especially for one-offs. Materialise software solutions work behind the scenes of the i.materialise web-site to prepare your file for printing, enabling the interface to be user-friendly and incredibly easy for you.

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 the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe, Materialise also enjoys a stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. They have used their experience and expertise to create a better and healthier world through their involvement in rapid industrial and medical prototyping, and by providing bio-medical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations. 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 through i.materialise or who want to purchase a celebrated .MGX design.

For more information visit: www.materialise.com or www.21cbtv.com

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.MGX is thrilled to announce that the Bloom lamp designed by Patrick Jouin has won a 2011 Red Dot Award for outstanding product design. This marks the second prestigious award for this lamp – in 2010, the year of its launch, it also received a Good Design Award – and the third time that .MGX products have been acknowledged by Red Dot for their outstanding product design: in 2005, it was for the Lily.MGX by Janne Kyttanen; and then in 2006/2007, the Omi.MGX by Assa Ashuach received the coveted prize.

Inspired by flower blossoms found in nature, the Bloom table lamp features a shade which collapses and expands to release or contain light. The shade is 3D printed as a single piece, including hinges that in one movement, transform the shade from a bud to a blossom. And with the complexity of its design, the Bloom lamp succeeds in pushing even further the boundaries of 3D technologies.

The Red Dot product design competition has existed since 1955 and honors international excellence. Competition winners receive the Red Dot award which is a globally recognized seal of quality.

For more information visit: www.mgxbymaterialise.com/designers/designer/detail/detail/14 or www.patrickjouin.com

Photos: www.moss-gallery.com/artwork/1324945_Bloom_MGX_Lamp_Patrick_Jouin.html

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Synthes, Inc. (SWX: SYST.VX), a leading global medical device company in orthopaedic trauma, spine, and cranio-maxillofacial (CMF), and Materialise NV, a leader in the field of rapid industrial and medical prototyping and innovative software solutions, announced an exclusive partnership for the development and distribution of Materialise's solutions for Cranio-Maxillofacial (CMF) surgery.

Under the partnership, Materialise will provide pre-operative planning services directly to the surgeon via interactive, web-based collaboration tools, and will fabricate intra-operative guides and anatomical models. Synthes will distribute these intra-operative guides and models and continue to deliver patient specific surgical implants.

The combination of Materialise's continuing commitment to research and development in the field of pre-operative planning and Synthes' track record as a leader in medical device manufacturing, including patient-specific implants for CMF surgery, makes this an excellent partnership for both companies.

Michel Orsinger, President and CEO of Synthes, commented on the partnership: "This partnership will allow Synthes to continue our mission to improve patient care by optimizing operating room time and by improving the precision of the surgery. Materialise and Synthes share the same core values: a desire to assist the patient and surgeon, as well as quality, innovation, education, and integrity. The partnership will reinforce our position as an innovator in CMF."

Wilfried Vancraen, General Manager, Materialise, is delighted with the partnership: "This partnership supports Materialise's mission for a better and healthier world, and the technology we offer adds tremendous value through patient-specific solutions in the complex field of CMF surgery. With Synthes' emphasis on surgeon education and their ability to offer our planning services and products globally we have found the right partner in Synthes as the global leader in CMF to be able to take this forward-thinking technology to the next level."

For more information visit: www.synthes.com or www.materialise.com/cmf

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The securities of Synthes have been offered and sold outside the United States and have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended ("Securities Act"). Such securities may not be offered, sold or transferred in the U.S. or to U.S. Persons (as defined in the regulations of the Securities Act), except pursuant to a registration statement filed under the Securities Act or under an applicable exemption under the Securities Act. Hedging transactions involving such securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act. The Synthes securities are deemed "Restricted Securities" as that term is defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act.

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UK Additive Manufacturing Seminar  2011

14th April 2011 – Warwick Digital Lab, University of Warwick, Coventry. CV4 7AL

Keep up to date with the latest developments in additive manufacturing

You can't afford to miss the 'New Additive Manufacturing Technologies Seminar' hosted by Materialise and the International Digital Lab at the University of Warwick. Following on from the success of the event over the last few years, it will bring together the latest innovative machine, material and software advances in the additive manufacturing industry. On top of this, it’s completely FREE!

The day will comprise of a series of short and informative talks from the leading companies in the industry. The event will also include a free buffet lunch and coffee breaks, which will provide an ideal opportunity to network with fellow industry peers.

Registration: The seminar is free of charge and places are limited so please register early to ensure a place.

Where:  Warwick Digital Lab, University of Warwick, Coventry. CV4 7AL (More info)

When: 14th April, 2011


9.30     Registration and coffee/tea
9.50     Welcome and Introduction by Materialise
10.00     3D Systems – Simon van de Crommert - Create With Confidence
10.30     ES Technology & Concept Laser - Colin Cater - MlabCUSING from Concept Laser -the next generation in metallic AM
11.00     Networking break with coffee & tea
11.30     Laser Lines & Stratasys - Mark Tyrtania - CreateThe Way Ahead; An FDM technology Update
12.00     Materialise - Magics 16 Preview And Feedback Session
12.30     Measurement Solutions - Iain Caville - The latest Laser Scanning Technologies
13.00     Networking buffet lunch
14.00     MTT Technologies – Robin Weston - SLM Our Future
14.30     TriTech Engineering & Objet- Tim Smith - OBJET - New Product Introductions 2011
15.00     Materialise - Lieve Boeykens - Streamlining The Additive Manufacturing Process With The Magics e-Solutions Suite
15.30     Magics drop in clinic/ Networking

Please do not hesitate to email or call us if you have any questions about the event, otherwise we look forward to seeing you there

Kind Regards, The Materialise Team

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.MGX by Materialise is thrilled to announce that the One_Shot.MGX stool by Patrick Jouin now forms part of the permanent collection at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The stool, now considered an icon of modern design, has been displayed at numerous museums internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Manufactured in a single piece via 3D printing, the stool transforms via gravity and a simple twist, from a foldable state into a strong, elegant seat.

The One_Shot.MGX is a foldable stool which is manufactured by selective laser sintering as one complete piece; the stool emerges from the machine in its final form, complete with hinges that are concealed by the graceful structure of the stool itself. By virtue of gravity combined with a simple twist, an array of rods transforms, in one flowing movement, into a small, useful, strong seat.

For more information visit: www.mgxbymaterialise.com/component/one/mgxmodel/detail/detail/45

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Materialise is proud to introduce an exceptional addition to its range of stereolithography materials, Tusk SolidGrey3000.

A winning combination
The strength and durability which nature achieved with the shell of a turtle, has also been achieved with Tusk SolidGrey3000. It is the world’s first stereolithography material that combines a high degree of stiffness with high impact resistance, and it is available exclusively at Materialise. Parts built with this material are not only robust, but highly functional as well, allowing them to be used in a wide variety of applications.

Think big! Think fast!
Tusk SolidGrey3000 was designed by DSM Somos for use on Materialise’s Mammoth machines, the largest and fastest stereolithography machines in the world. On these machines it is possible to build parts of up to 2100x700x800mm in size, and does so surprisingly quickly.

Like water off a duck’s back
In addition to its other qualities, Tusk SolidGrey3000 is also water resistant, a characteristic which results in long term dimensional and technical stability.

Tusk SolidGrey3000 applications
Here are a few of the application possibilities for Tusk SolidGrey3000:

• Automotive body part panels
• Machine covers
• Functional prototypes
• Durable concept models
• Robust scale models

Tusk SolidGrey3000 in a nutshell
If you are looking for the following qualities, then Tusk SolidGrey3000 is the material for you:

• A high degree of stiffness
• High impact resistance
• Parts from small to large
• Fast printing
• Water resistance
• Long term dimensional and technical stability

About Materialise
Materialise, 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 the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe, 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 as well as production 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 please visit www.materialise.com

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From the 16th of February until the 7th of August, the Design Museum in London will be holding an exhibit entitled the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011, showcasing the works nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Award, “the Oscars of the design world”. This prestigious award is given to the most forward thinking and innovative designs from around the world, spanning seven categories. Within the fashion category are nominees Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf for the Melonia Shoe, a 3D printed shoe which hit the runway last February.

Naim and Souzan, of Beckmans and Konstfack design school respectively, collaborated in the creation of the shoe, 3D printing five pairs with Materialise for use in Naim’s “Melonia” collection at last year’s Stockholm Fashion Show. The shoe was designed to be a closed loop, in which a person can go to a shop, have their foot scanned, and have a shoe printed of homogenous, recyclable material. This pair of shoes can then be recycled to provide the material for a new pair when needed, the entire process embodying the concept of “no waste”.

3D printed in polyamide using Laser Sintering at Materialise’s headquarters in Belgium, the Melonia shoe is truly wearable art. Despite its delicate skeletal look, it is surprisingly strong, and as five models were able to prove on the runway, can be functional as well.

Materialise is incredibly proud to have taken part in this project and wish both Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf the best of luck on the 15th of March when the winners of the Brit Insurance Design Award are announced. We encourage people to go to the exhibition at the Design Museum in London to see the Melonia Shoe in person, as well as the other projects nominated for this prestigious award.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.designsoftheyear.com, for information about the artist, see www.naimjosefi.com , and to discover Materialise, go to www.materialise.com

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Materialise is proud of its involvement in the successful pilot study conducted by Dr. J. Victor, AZ St Lucas, Brugge, Belgium which evaluated the feasibility of using computer-assisted surgical planning and patient-specific surgical guides in correcting lower limb malalignment. In this study, Materialise’s SurgiCase Orthopaedics was used to describe lower limb malalignment and virtually plan multi-planar correction using CT scans. It was proven that planned corrections can be obtained and fixed accurately during surgery with the help of Materialise’s patient-specific surgical guides.

Despite recent innovations, lower limb malalignment continues to be corrected using traditional methods and techniques, i.e. relying on 2D plain X-rays and using rulers and protractors, although this can be prone to error and in some cases, inaccurate in multi-planar deformities. Therefore, the aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of virtual pre-operative 3D planning and correct execution of osteotomies around the knee with the aid of patient-specific surgical guides.

Eight patients presenting with significant malalignment of the lower limb were included in the study (7 valgus, 1 varus knee). Pre-operative CT scans of the affected limbs and the normal contra-lateral side were obtained and sent to Materialise where 3D models of the patients’ anatomy were created. These models made it possible for Dr. Victor to carefully evaluate the three-planar deformity of each patient and identify customized surgical corrections.

After creating the virtual surgical plans with Dr Victor, the Materialise team – in close collaboration with Dr. Victor – continued designing the patient-specific surgical guides used to perform the planar osteotomy and achieve the planned wedge opening and hinge axis orientation. These guides were also used in the drilling of the planned screw holes and thus, determined the position of the plate relative to the bone. Post-operative assessments of the corrections were obtained through AP and Lateral X-rays, and full leg standing X-rays.

The results of the study are promising. All of the patient-specific guides were successfully used during surgery and accurately guided the osteotomy plane and screw holes. The guides fit uniquely onto the patients’ bones and it was possible to perform the osteotomies through the guides. The predrilled screw holes matched the locking plates and adequate fixations were obtained. No significant peri-operative complications occurred.

Materialise will be exhibiting at the AAOS 2011 annual meeting in San Diego, CA, Feb. 15-19, booth 1850.

For more information visit: www.materialise.com/orthopaedics

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After an extensive period of beta testing involving renowned hospitals and doctors, Materialise is proud to launch SurgiCase Connect 1.0, the next revolution in virtual surgery planning, 3D model generation, and surgical guide design. SurgiCase Connect is an interactive tool which plays an essential role in Materialise’s solution for orthopaedic surgeons, SurgiCase Orthopaedics. It has already proven invaluable to many surgeons worldwide faced with challenging surgeries: malunions, non-unions, or instances of congenital deformities.

Downloaded for free from the Materialise website, SurgiCase Connect allows for the quick upload of CT/MRI scanned images directly to Materialise’s clinical engineers who convert the images to the 3D models used to create surgical plans. SurgiCase Connect’s user-friendly interface and interactive features make it easy for engineers and surgeons to then work as a team to simulate a number of different approaches in order to find the optimal surgical plan for the individual patient.

With a surgical plan in place, Materialise’s engineers use SurgiCase Connect to consult with the surgeon in the designing of patient-specific surgical guides, used to ensure the highest possible precision in drilling and cutting. These guides allow for the surgical plan to be brought into the operating room and successfully carried out. In addition, SurgiCase Connect allows for the easy tracking of cases.

An early adopter of SurgiCase Connect, Dr. Stockmans (KULeuven, Campus Kortrijk, Belgium) says: “The possibility of visualizing the pathology in 3D and trying different approaches prior to going into surgery is tremendous. Individualized cut and drill guides have helped me shorten the intervention period, enabling me to treat more cases in the same amount of time. The engineers at Materialise are very professional. I feel much more confident going into the OR.”

Materialise will be launching SurgiCase Connect in the United States at the upcoming AAOS 2011 annual meeting in San Diego, CA. With the development of its SurgiCase cut and drill guides, Materialise takes a huge step towards putting custom tools in the palm of orthopaedic surgeons.

SurgiCase Connect will be available for testing at Materialise’s booth at AAOS, number 1850.

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