Materialise combines art and technology by using its high-tech background to produce its collection of exceptional lampshades. The lamps are created through prototyping techniques - stereolithography and selective laser sintering. These 3D material printing techniques allow for an unlimited freedom of design, which traditional manufacturing technologies have never enabled before. Our aim is to unleash a new era of mass customized designs based on this technology.
Our experience of 15 years with rapid prototyping technology and software allows us to meet the customer's wildest dreams for personalized, ‘made to fit’ consumer products. With today's high-performance computed 3D systems and the increasing usage of unlimited e-communication we can undoubtedly fulfill our end user's design and manufacture requirements.
For those unfamiliar with rapid prototyping technologies, it is easy to depict this technology by comparing it with familiar inkjet printing. Instead of building up a text, this technology actually constructs a 3D object by adding one slice on top of another in a vessel of liquid polymer (for stereolithography) or powder (for selective laser sintering) that hardens when struck by a laser beam. With the software developed by Materialise and with 3D printing technology it has now become possible to translate 3D visual effects into actual 3D material structure.