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Materialise NV
Technologielaan 15
Leuven
B-3001
Belgium
[t] +32 16 39 66 11
Begun as a joint venture with the University of Leuven-Belgium, Materialise was one of the first European rapid prototyping service bureaus. It has since grown into a European supplier of plastic prototype solutions, and today is a worldwide leader in the rapid prototyping industry. Materialise offers a broad range of rapid prototyping, tooling and digital CAD software. In addition, Materialise prototypes and software have established a reputation in medicine and dentistry, with clinicians the world over using them in the most complex surgical cases. Its design products division concentrates on the development of rapid manufacturing. The company is privately owned with several subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the USA, and employs over 300 people in its 4 divisions.

* Materialise Industrial Services to "materialise" technical prototypes and small series through the most advanced prototyping and tooling techniques.
* Materialise Software to develop the technical software applications that allow a more efficient use of the rapid prototyping techniques.
* Materialise Medical to create medical models using these prototyping techniques and to develop medical software packages that are used by clinicians worldwide to assist them in the most complex cases of surgery.
* Materialise.MGX to manufacture design products for the end-user market. MGX is the youngest division and it draws on the knowledge and expertise of the prototyping division.
New release of Moldflow Magics STL ExpertTM 1.0, a product provided under license from Materialise NV
10 September, 2006
Moldflow Corporation, the world leader in process-wide solutions for optimizing the design and manufacture of plastic products, today announced the release of Moldflow Magics STL ExpertTM 1.0, a product provided under license from Materialise NV. The Moldflow Magics STL Expert stereolithography manipulation product is designed specifically for the needs of Moldflow's customers in the plastics injection molding industry and will be resold through Moldflow's worldwide sales channel.
A new preprocessing solution for Automotive Underhood Thermal Management
09 September, 2006
Fluent Inc., the world leader in computational fluid dynamics software and services, and Materialise, the world leader in software development for rapid prototyping and industrial design applications, preview a new preprocessing solution for Automotive Underhood Thermal Management today to delegates at the bi-annual European Automotive CFD Conference in Frankfurt.
Software solutions provider Materialise collaborates with dental multinational
08 September, 2006
The dental division of the Belgian hi-tech group Materialise became a separate company and Dentsply International acquires a minority shareholder position in Materialise Dental. Materialise Dental is a market leader in dental implantology simulation software, and a leading manufacturer of a variety of surgical guides to assist in the placement of dental implants.
Materialise still owns the world's largest capacity based in one location
07 September, 2006
The company offers from the smallest prototype to the largest, with the broadest range of materials in Stereolithography, SLS and FDM. The price is on average 53% less expensive than the average RP service part in the world market.
Dental solutions provider Materialise sues multinational for unauthorized copying
06 September, 2006
The Swedish medical technology enterprise Nobel Biocare (G
Materialise again revolutionise the RP industry by defining an online discount
05 September, 2006
The Materialise team are continuously looking for the best ways to support their customers in their product development process.
World's largest RP capacity expanded with the newest Objet 3-dimensional printer
04 September, 2006
Materialise is continuously looking for new ways to give their customers value added support. With that in mind they have decided to invest in an Objet Eden500VTM, the newest member of the highly successful Eden family which is based on Objet's PolyJetTM polymer technology and was introduced to the market in October 2005.
Rapid Shell Modelling software launched for commercial sale
28 May, 2006
Materialise announces the release of its 'Rapid Shell Modelling' software. Today several industry leading companies already rely on RSM for the automated design and rapid manufacturing of hearing aid shells. After undergoing four years of exclusive development, the software is now being introduced for general sale.
New era has dawned for the world-leading software for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
27 May, 2006
Materialise introduces the 10th generation of its Magics software. Magics X (Magics 10) marks an important stage in the life of this professional software for the RP&M industry. The Magics software has been thoroughly renovated. A stunning new user interface, a complete new, highly efficient memory structure and advanced enhancements to its rendering capabilities and algorithms
Magics SmartSpace software proves to reduce SLS build volume with about 80%
26 May, 2006
Materialise' SmartSpace software has clearly proven its capability in an independent test executed by Saddleback College, California. The Saddleback College compared the 3D nesting performance of the Magics RP software and the 3D Systems LS software for Laser Sintering. The results show that SmartSpace enables its users to build more parts in a single machine run and consequently save a lot of money and time.
Materialise launches renewed, user-friendly online quoting & ordering service
25 May, 2006
Materialise has always been a predecessor in offering online services. Seven years ago, the Next Day service was launched into the marketplace, a unique 24h service for online ordering of stereolithography prototypes, which has now grown into an unrivalled success.
Materialise pre-announces the next generation of automated hearing aid design software
24 May, 2006
Materialise, leading developer of software solutions for the rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry, announces the pending release of the 4th generation of its Rapid Shell Modeling software.
3D Systems to offer Magics software with its SLA and SLS systems
23 May, 2006
3D Systems Corporation, prototyping and manufacturing solutions, and Materialise, one of the drivers in software development for rapid prototyping and manufacturing, have entered into a worldwide distribution agreement that covers the Magics product line. Under terms of the agreement, Magics, Materialise's specialized software for rapid prototyping work preparation and STL manipulation, will be offered with 3D Systems' stereolithography and selective laser sintering systems.
Continuously improving the world leading software for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
22 May, 2006
Materialise announced today the release of a new Magics X Service Pack. Service Pack 2 offers the Magics users the latest improvements and innovations of Magics X, like increased stability, an attuned user interface and extra options for fast 3D geometry-based part nesting.
Fluent previews 3Matic-for-FLUENT and TGrid 4.0 wrapping solution
29 June, 2005
Fluent Inc., and Materialise, the world leader in software development for rapid prototyping and industrial design applications, preview a new preprocessing solution for Automotive Underhood Thermal Management today to delegates at the bi-annual European Automotive CFD Conference in Frankfurt.
RP 4 Baghdad project started
09 June, 2005
Less than a month after the key-players of the Rapid Prototyping industry announced the founding of the humanitarian project 'RP 4 Baghdad' is the very first medical model a fact and is the first surgery performed. The project offers free medical support in the form of software, medical models and medical equipment for surgeons in Iraq. On June 5th, a team of Iraqi specialists successfully performed the very first surgery.
Materialise presence in China meets the rising demand for advanced Materialise technology
10 March, 2005
Just 5 months after establishing its South Korean liaison office, Materialise announces the setting up of a representative office in Shanghai, China. With this latest office Materialise Software is set to offer more localised support, take on new business and strengthen the company's existing relationships in China.
Materialise FDM Center expands: Sixth machine added to production capacity
07 March, 2005
Since its start up in December 2003, the FDM Center at Materialise has proven to be a big success. In 2004, 2225 FDM parts were ordered and produced i.e. an average of 10 parts a day.
Saddleback College and Materialise of Belgium Partner for Education in Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Technology
17 February, 2005
Saddleback College of Mission Viejo, California, and Materialise, located near Brussels, Belgium, a world leader in software development for rapid prototyping and industrial design applications, announce that they've entered a partnership that will expand Saddleback's broad training resources.
Materialise Mimics software to support Abaqus
01 December, 2004
Materialise has joined the Abaqus Partner Program. Abaqus is a leading provider of advanced finite element analysis (FEA) software, technology and services.
PaleA.MGX wins FNAC competition
13 July, 2004
At this year's Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, our latest lamp design 'PaleA.mgx' - presented on the Materialise.MGX stand - was discovered by FNAC's* purchasing commission for decorative arts.
Materialise brings web services to a new level with OnSite
17 June, 2004
Materialise launches OnSite: an innovative online concept that is developed in such a way that the customers' desktop becomes the window to the prototyping of their projects.
MATERIALISE opens new Vacuum Casting plant in the Czech Republic
15 June, 2004
Materialise, announces the official opening on June 10th of its new plant in Velke Brezno in the Czech Republic.
MOLDFLOW CORPORATION TO RESELL MATERIALISE'S MAGICS
17 May, 2004
Moldflow Corporation, and Materialise NV, today announced an agreement under which Moldflow will resell a customized version of Materialise's Magics stereolithography (STL) manipulation product designed specifically for the needs of Moldflow's customers in the plastics injection molding industry.
Largest Prototyping Service in Europe adds FDM
19 December, 2003
European leader in rapid prototyping services, Materialise, continuously improves the techniques and materials to tune prototyping solutions to the client's specific desires.
Materialise Lights Collection immediately shoots to the top
16 December, 2003
Elle Decoration UK January edition 2004 announces: Lotus.mgx, and Lily.mgx, designed by Freedom Of Creation for Materialise, are placed first in Elle Deco's list of 30 hottest buys of the new year. 'A hit at Milan and then at 100% Design, these lights from Amsterdam duo Freedom Of Creation (FOC) draw 'oohs' of delight from everyone who sees them. A state of the art 3 D printing process means they may look delicate but are reassuringly tough.'
EnvisionTEC to integrate Materialise RP data preparation software into its Perfactory Software Suite
29 October, 2003
Materialise, leading provider of software for rapid prototyping (RP) data preparation or 3D pre-press software, has entered an OEM contract with EnvisionTEC.
Materialise Lights win design award in London at 100% Design
06 October, 2003
Materialise was voted the winner of Best New Exhibitor at 100% Design in London, UK (25-28 September 2003).
Materialise at 100% Design 2003, Earls Court 2, London, 25-28 September 2003
25 September, 2003
Materialise will exhibit in London, UK at the occasion of 100% Design, 25-28 September. This fair is internationally recognised as one of the world's most influential design events, alongside Milan, Cologne and New York.
Japanese joint venture secures Materialise presence in Asia
08 August, 2003
Materialise and Yokogawa Techno-Information Service (YTI) create the Joint Venture Materialise-Yokogawa Inc. of which Materialise has become the major shareholder.
New Partnership in High-Tech Medical Software
25 July, 2003
Fluent Europe Ltd and Materialise, two companies involved in the production of software used for high-tech medical applications, have announced a new partnership aimed at expanding the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the medical industry.
Magics Tooling Expert 2.0 Software for Mould Analysis and Quoting: Simply the best!
17 July, 2003
Materialise - industry leader in STL handling and manipulation software - just released its latest innovations in software for the (rapid) tooling industry.
New dimensions in Selective Laser Sintering
15 July, 2003
March 2003 Materialise invests in an EOSINT P 700 machine, a double-laser system for Selective Laser Sintering of plastics.
Materialise adds CAM to its automated tool design solution, boosting toolmakers' productivity
19 June, 2003
Materialise announces the release of its latest innovation in software for the tooling industry. The Magics Tooling range of products has been completed with integrated CAM software, 'Magics Mill'. Magics Mill is powerful 3D CAM software that generates optimum roughing and finishing CNC tool cutter paths for even the most complex shapes.
Hyunday Mobis increases quality while cutting fixturing costs with a factor of 3 using Magics Rapidfit
19 May, 2003
In need of advanced inspection technology, Hyundai Mobis, a subsidiary of the leading Korean automotive company, recently acquired Materialise' RapidFit software and 12 RapidFit base plates.
Salone del Mobile, Milan, 9-14 April 2003
09 May, 2003
We would like to invite you to visit us in the Milan Design District 2003 at the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 9 - 14 April in Milan.
New Materialise technology widens the opportunities for image-based manufacturing
25 April, 2003
On Saturday April 26 Materialise will host the 'Computer Guided Implantology' conference where high-end users will share their experience in dental implant planning with SimPlant software and the use of SurgiGuide drill guides.
Materialise's Winter 2002 Software Release addresses customer's needs
07 December, 2002
Materialise, industry-leading developer of Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Tooling software, announces the Winter 2002 release of its software range.
Materialise partners with Aritech to secure presence in South Korea
07 November, 2002
After several years of successful collaboration, Materialise and Aritech jointly announced that they have established a formal partnership for representing Materialise' software business in South Korea. Aritech will represent Materialise in South Korea, both through support of existing distributors and through direct sales.
Project of Materialise, Phonak and Siemens results in successful hearing aid design software
04 November, 2002
Materialise, the industry leader in STL manipulation software, and top hearing aid manufacturers Phonak and Siemens collaborated in the remarkable 'Rapid Shell Modeling' (RSM) project. In this project, an innovative end-to-end process chain was established, including digitally capturing the ear canal geometry, interactive 3D modelling of hearing aids and direct manufacturing in batch processes with laser sintering equipment.
robotmech heads for significant time-savings with on-line and automated part ordering and quoting system developed by Materialise
11 October, 2002
As from this week SPEED, the online part quoting and ordering system of robotmech, an Austrian based service bureau specialised in prototypes and small series, is on-line.
Materialise releases Magics 8: a wide range of novelties on customer request
08 October, 2002
Materialise, industry leading developer of Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Tooling software, releases Magics 8, the latest version of its renown STL handling software.
A mythic story... About Kouros
24 September, 2002
A remarkable statue is standing in the hall of the Materialise headquarters in Leuven, attracting attention of anyone entering the building. It is a reproduction of the ancient Greek Kouros sculpture with a length of almost 6 feet.
Terry Wohlers takes Magics Tooling Training
24 September, 2002
Industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., visited the Materialise HQ in Leuven, Belgium on September 23 - 24, 2002 to participate in a Magics Tooling training program.
Mimics assists in separating conjoined twins
04 September, 2002
After Ganges and Jamuna from India, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa from Guatemala, doctors hope to successfully separate the conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohamed. All 3 very delicate operations have been prepared using Materialise Mimics software.
Magics Tooling Expert to be exhibited at IMTS 2002 Booth D4140
29 August, 2002
From September 4 until September 11, Materialise will exhibit at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), the greatest show in manufacturing in the United States.
Conferencing software now released in five languages: Japanese Magics Communicator easily communicates with German version!
03 July, 2002
Nowadays businesses need to cut costs and save time in order to stay competitive. Improving product communication is a major step in the right direction.
Rapid Prototypers and Toolmakers get more effective through the new version of Magics, the leading STL manipulation software
19 June, 2002
Today Materialise announced its latest software release: Magics 7.22. Again, this new version adds more power to your STL handling and manipulation, RP preparation, tool design or tool quotation process.
Materialise participates in 2002 MPDC programme: 'Towards Optimising Injection Moulding and Design'
14 June, 2002
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturing Association MPMA and the Malaysian Plastics Design Centre MPDC have invited Materialise, the world-leader in STL manipulation software, to be software provider for the mould and die design software in the 2002 upgrading program - 'Towards Optimising Injection Moulding & Design'. Partner participants are Moldflow for CAE and Cimatron for CAM.
Honeywell links up with Materialise: Prototypes and customised plastics, on-line on request.
06 June, 2002
The Belgian prototype provider Materialise and Honeywell International Inc. have teamed up to offer web-based services to reduce product development cycles.
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