Materialise Celebrates 20th Anniversary at its World Conference

Leuven, Belgium -- Materialise is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a big way! For the first time, they have organized a conference that combines all of their popular events into one - the Materialise World Conference. It will begin on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 and will end on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Materialise 'drives your innovations' by offering opportunities to participate in educational events that allow customers to learn how other industry leaders are maximizing the software capabilities. The conference will be four days filled with presentations, case studies, networking opportunities, tours of the Materialise Industrial Services Operations (over 50 Additive Manufacturing machines), and a special walking dinner with Belgium specialties. The four days will be packed with valuable and interesting information for additive manufacturing professionals, biomedical engineers, and clinicians. In order to encourage a high level of participation, the conference is free of charge and open to everyone.

The conference will begin with the Visionary Summit on Additive Manufacturing (Wednesday, April 21, 5:30 PM). For the first time, all of the major players from the machine manufacturers and the material providers will unite to create a visionary plan for the future of Additive Manufacturing. Communicating the vision to the Summit participants will be the focus of the event beginning with a keynote speech by Terry Wohlers on how the industry can maximize the consumer market. After the presentation, he will join Wilfried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise and Martin Schäfer, Chairman of the RM Platform and Senior Engineer for Siemens, in a panel discussion. Following the panel will be a walking dinner reception for networking.

On Thursday, April 22, the World Conference Sessions will begin with a keynote speech by Aidan Chopra, Product Evangelist for Google and author of Google SketchUp for Dummies, and John Bacus, Google SketchUp Product Manager. Each component of the event has prestigious speakers confirmed, and will be held at the Brabanthal Convention Center in Leuven, Belgium.

The third edition of the Materialise Innovation Forum (MIF) will focus on software solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM). On Thursday, April 22 there will be two parallel tracks: AM for Arts & Architecture featuring presentations by 3D Avenir, Imaginarium, i.materialise and more; and Automotive Applications of AM featuring presentations by BMW, Tata Motors, Hyundai Motors and more. On Friday, April 23, the MIF will offer one track on AM and High Volume Parts featuring presentations by Boeing, 3T RPD, INCS, Siemens, Embraer, Phonak and more.

The seventh edition of the Medical Innovations Conference (MIC) will be held on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23. It will feature presentations by industry experts, academics, and clinicians. In addition, the winners of the Mimics Innovation Awards will be announced and recognized. Topics include cardiology, pneumology, tissue engineering, computer aided engineering, finite element analysis, orthopaedics, etc. Speakers are coming from all over the world and include the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University Hospital in Dortmund Germany, Mobelife, Aarhus University of Denmark, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and more. On Friday, April 23, there will be a special session on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as well. Representatives from the University of Limerick Ireland, UCL Institute of Child Health & General Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Helmholtz Institute of Aachen, University of Sussex, and the Technischen Universität München will be presenting.

Recognizing the growing interest in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), the World Conference will also offer a dedicated CAE session on Thursday, April 22. Industry experts will discuss the preparation and processing of Micro and Tech CT data for all kinds of engineering applications including FEA and CFD. Exciting speakers from Huntsman, Aisin AW CO, Ltd., SkyScan, KULeuven, e2v Technologies, and inCT will be there.

The fourth edition of the Rapid Implant Manufacturing Forum (RIMF), co-hosted with EOS, will be held on Friday, April 23. The RIMF will feature the latest trends and developments in implant design and manufacturing as well as the diverse uses of image processing in the field. Speakers from 3T RPD, Mobelife, Branemark Institute of South Africa, Eurocoating, EOS, Biomet, and Fin Ceramica will cover topics including: R&D of custom implants, new developments in implant materials, cutting-edge machine technologies and overcoming legal concerns.

Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 will be the Clinical Innovation Conferences on 3D medical image processing and surgical planning. The two days will be filled with lectures by renowned surgeons from around the world and hands-on training sessions that focus on the infinite possibilities of the SurgiCase software. The Clinical Innovations Conference for Cranio-maxillofacial Surgeons will cover craniosynostosis, anaplastology, reconstructive surgery and more. Presenters include: Professor Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, Dr. Philipp Juergens, Mr. Jan De Cubber, Dr. Prue Baxter, Mr. Alan Bocca and Mr. Peter Evans. Biomet and Zimmer, collaborative partners of Materialise, will co-host the Clinical Innovations Conference for Orthopaedic Surgeons that will include hands-on SurgiCase Orthopaedics software training as well as guest lecturers who will cover new concepts in orthopaedics and case studies on knee, hip and hand surgeries.


Materialise HQ
Technologielaan 15, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Phone +32 16 39 66 66
Fax +32 16 39 66 06
e-mail: software@materialise.com
Web: www.materialise.com

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