Interview on MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING

‘MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING’ – a Chat with Fried Vancraen and Marta Malé-Alemany

On April 24th, the MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING, curated by Marta Malé-Alemany and produced by Materialise, opened to the public at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Recently, Materalise CEO Fried Vancraen and curator Marta Malé-Alemany gave an interview in which they explained the inspiration behind the exhibition. As .MGX pushed the limits of what was possible with 3D printing and made these objects available to purchase, the .MGX pieces provided a vast source of inspiration and is why many of the pieces are on display, such as the One_Shot.MGX, the Cadence.MGX lamp, and much more.

To read the full length interview, please click here.

3D Printing Exhibition Produced by Materialise Is Opening This Month in Brussels

3D Printing Exhibition Produced by Materialise Is Opening This Month in Brussels

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss our exhibition that is opening this month: MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, from April 24th to June 7th, 2015 in BOZAR Center for Fine Arts.

.MGX will be prominently featured in one section of the exhibition titled “A Difference in Making” where visitors will be able to appreciate a series of inspiring design creations from the early days of 3D Printing to the most fascinating contemporary examples. The featured works have all been conceived as design experiments that explore the formal and material opportunities enabled by the invention and development of 3D printing technology. Together they illustrate a striking array of the technical and creative potentials of 3D Printing including: the making of complex forms, which are inspired by nature or generated with digital data and advanced software tools; the creation of 3D-printed materials, which exhibit physical properties that cannot be found in traditional materials; the use of 3D-printed scaffolds, which act as support of natural processes of petrification or growth to create physical objects in cooperation with nature; and others.

Thanks to these groundbreaking projects, the technology made a difference. Come and see how 3D Printing was able to make a difference in the life of the individual, the environment and our society!

MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Explores 3D Printing's Impact on the Environment, Society and Individuals

MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Explores 3D Printing’s Impact on the Environment, Society and Individuals
 

In celebration of Materialise’s 25th anniversary, Horta’s acclaimed BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels will host an exhibition called MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING from April 24th to June 7th, 2015. This exhibition, curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, architect & recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, and produced by Materialise, looks at 3D Printing in two ways. First with the eyes of fascination, involving the viewer in the discovery of what this technology is and how it allows us to make things differently. Later with a deeper observation, inviting visitors to ponder how 3D Printing can help individuals, transform society and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference.

The exhibition includes a large number of 3D-printed examples that help us reflect on the value of this ground-breaking technology and eventually raise some inevitable ethical questions concerning some of its applications.

Because .MGX was one of the first brands to bring 3D Printing to the design world, which led to a number of manufacturing breakthroughs, the exhibition includes many .MGX pieces in both the making a difference and a difference in making sections. Pieces such as Fractal.MGX, Bloom, One_Shot.MGX, Volume.MGX, Cadence.MGX and the Escapism dress will be on display for all Bozar visitors to see.

 

Iris van Herpen Exhibition at the Design Museum Holon

Iris van Herpen
Exhibition at the Design Museum Holon

From now until March 7th, 2015, you can see New Couture by Iris van Herpen, from the Groninger Museum Collection, at the Design Museum Holon in Israel. A guest-member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen is positioned as one of the fashion world’s most creative young designers, seamlessly combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative techniques including 3D Printing. The results are sophisticated, sculptured garments, and she has worked with Materialise to 3D print 11 designs to date, including those featured in her “Biopiracy”, “Hybrid Holism”, “Voltage”, and “Escapism” collections.

“Big Growth” Brought to You by 3D Printing

“Big Growth” Brought to You by 3D Printing
 

Designed by Mathias Bengtsson, the “Big Growth” table was made with 3D printing technology at Materialise and made its first appearance at Design Miami 2014 for the Galerie Maria Wettergren. This table is an exemplary piece of the blurring line between the natural and the artificial as it was designed by growing a “digital seed” in a virtual world. Standing at 4.2 meters long in solid bronze, the table was designed through a biomimicry process, in which the digital seed emulates natural growth by imitating some of nature’s rules and methods. The furniture parameters have been embedded in the digital seed; however, the form is not defined ahead of time but instead emerges as a result of the growth process.

Find out more about this process by watching this video.

 
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