July 16, 2015 | By Simon

Thanks to our start-up friendly culture and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it can be easy to forget about some of the original 3D printing companies that have helped lay the foundation for accessible and low-cost 3D printing.  Among others, Materialise has been at the forefront of 3D printing from the get-go.      

Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium with branches worldwide, Materialise has been actively developing and providing software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products since it was founded in 1990.  Now, nearly 30 years later, the company continues to stay innovative in a field that has drastically changed multiple industries for the better.  

Today, the company unveiled their latest 3D printing innovation in the form of a user-friendly online toolbox which is designed to help anyone quickly and efficiently improve their 3D model in preparation for printing; Materialise 3DPrintCloud.   

Created for artists, makers, product designers, engineers, prosumers, small businesses and anyone else who is looking to speed up the 3D printing preparation process while ensuring a high quality 3D print, Materialise 3DPrintCloud is capable of a number of streamlined functions including file conversions, file optimization, file repair and file rebuilding via the Cloud.

Currently, the platform is already powering SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse and Ideas Worth Making.  With the launch of their own standalone product, Materialise is inviting anybody and everybody to use their platform to optimize their 3D printing experience with the use of the powerful tool set.  

“When Materialise purchased its first 3D Printer in 1990, we were soon confronted with the challenge of creating a file that could successfully print and quickly got to work on making the process easier,” explains Stefaan Motte, Director of Materialise’s 3D Printing Software Segment.

“Over the past 25 years, those first lines of code have grown into an entire range of high-end software solutions, both medical and industrial, that break down the barriers between meaningful applications and the expanding range of 3D printers that make them a physical reality.”

With the public launch of the new platform, the company’s ultimate goal is to help people worry less about whether or not their design will successfully print and instead, give them the opportunity to focus more on creating without constraint.  

Initially, the company is inviting the public to try the platform and learn how to integrate the tools into their 3D printing workflows while also giving feedback about how the platform could be better.  

“We actively engage with our customers and welcome their feedback and suggestions for improving our services, developing new features and functions, and addressing any problems they face. We look forward to collaborating with our customers to develop customized 3D printing solutions that allow them to print useful products and achieve their business or personal goals,” added Motte.

Those interested in trying out the new platform - which is free - can do so by heading directly over to Materialise 3DPrintCloud.

 

 

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Oral Tosun wrote at 7/21/2015 9:30:07 AM:

It's not free. It's free for just 30 days...



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