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 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.
Materialise works with a growing list of celebrated designers and artists from around the globe, including Iris van Herpen, Frank Stella, Patrick Jouin, Stephen Jones, and many more. During the 2011 London Design Festival, Murray Moss curated a special exhibition for the Victoria & Albert Museum entitled Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World will Newly Materialise. The exhibition involved 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. It is also worthy to note that Materialise has pioneered the use of 3D printing for consumer goods through their .MGX by Materialise brand and its celebrated line of high-end design products. Created in collaboration with some of the greatest names in design today, .MGX creations have made their way into the permanent collections of world-class museums, and have an ever expanding collection of prestigious awards to their credit (including 3 Red Dot Design Awards and 4 Good Design Awards).