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RapidTech 2016 News: Materialise to Create Build Processor for 3D Printed Optics Specialist Luxexcel

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logo_0_0Both  Luxexcel and Materialise are dynamic companies within the 3D printing industry, both constantly working on positive collaborations with numerous other well-known entities from Optis to Microsoft, just to name a very few. Both are certainly always working diligently to keep their users’ needs more than met in a world offering increasing demand for both their expertise in optics and innovative 3D printing and additive manufacturing software, respectively.

Now, the two leaders will be innovating together once again. The news was just announced at RapidTech 2016, being held in Erfurt, Germany this week from June 14-16. Considering this tradeshow is a user conference and exhibition centering around the exchange of knowledge between researchers, developers, designers, and users, RapidTech was certainly an appropriate place to begin outlining the plan for Materialise to work on creating a new build processor customized specifically for Luxexcel.

Without question, Belgium’s Materialise is one of the biggest leaders in 3D software, along with creating sophisticated 3D printing solutions for areas like the medical field and wide ranging and numerous industries requiring their products and services. Recently we’ve seen many projects from Materialise, from making 3D printed hip replacement guides to working with students in 3D printing, just as a couple of examples demonstrating their ongoing versatility.

partsLuxexcel, headquartered in Kruiningen, the Netherlands and founded in 2010, has been growing rapidly since their inception due to their offering of customized 3D printed optics and products requiring maximum transparency, and has recently built an additive manufacturing competence center dedicated solely to 3D printed functional optics.

In the quest for perfection in their products, Luxexcel developed Printoptical Technology that does not require post-processing, eliminates the worry over visible printing layers, and allows for ‘crystal clear optics.’ They have also worked with Materialise previously in making an automated and streamlined ordering process for 3D printing production which is compatible with dozens of files types and a wide range of sizes.

You may have noticed that Materialise recently introduced the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, integrating multiple solutions into one, and offering communication between both software and 3D printers. Now in the collaboration with Luxexcel, their ultimate goal with employing Magics and the new build processor will be to give them very specific control over the quality of their 3D prints, working to promise superior resolution and accuracy in optical parts.

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Materialise is experienced in creating build processors via their Magics software, and will be able to offer streamlined expertise in seeing that hardware and software are perfectly matched, along with reducing complexity and at the same time increasing accessibility.

“Materialise software helps us to support our 3D printing technology for optical products,” says Hans Streng, CEO of Luxexcel. “By implementing the Build Processor we will get a tailored solution which supports seamless communication between software and our 3D printer for our prototyping business. It contributes to the growth of our 3D printing service and supports new technological developments.”

Will you be attending the RapidTech tradeshow in Germany? Said to be experiencing ‘record levels’ of attendance this year, visitors should expect to see around 160 exhibitors consisting of numerous leaders, from the companies discussed here to Stratasys, Concept Laser, and many more. And if you’re interested in finding out more about Materialise build processors, see here. Discuss further over in the Material 3D Build Processors forum over at 3DPB.com.

 

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