The big guys are starting to ghet seriously involved. HP is going to launch its 3D printer by year end and Canon Europe, another world leader in imaging solutions, just formed a new strategic partnership with Materialise NV, one of the top global providers of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and 3D printing services, to offer the Magix suite of 3D software.
Through the arrangement, Canon’s European customers will have access to Materialise Magics, software specifically designed to efficiently guide users through every step of the AM or 3D printing workflow.
“The creative and commercial opportunities for 3D Printing are vast and the market continues to evolve and expand”, said Chris Blake, Sales & Marketing Director, 3D Printing at Canon Europe. “As such, we are always looking for ways to enhance our existing proposition and add more value to our customers. We are therefore excited to partner with Materialise as part of our commitment to provide customers with the best 3D products and solutions, as well as unrivalled services and expertise.”
Equipped with a customisable, intuitive user interface, Materialise Magics offers smart, versatile data preparation that enhances a customer’s 3D printing workflow. Underpinned by Canon’s exceptional consultancy and support, customers will benefit from the ability to:
- Import nearly all 3D file formats and native colour information to stay in control of the original data
- Repair and prepare files, as well as correct problems and create watertight data and shortcuts to improve the 3D printing workflow
- Enhance and edit data to take designs to the next level by adding logos, serial numbers and hollow parts, as well as applying textures, and creating lattice structures
- Prepare the build platform, duplicating parts and orient them correctly
- Print better parts, view slices, detect collisions, save platforms and generate useful reports
Lieve Boeykens, Business Line Director 3D Printing Professionals at Materialise, commented that “Materialise is keen to enhance the communication between 3D software and printers to help businesses bring their ideas to life. We are thrilled to partner with a trusted name like Canon and put our software backbone for 3D Printing into the hands of businesses looking to print their boldest creations and innovations.”
Materialise Software provides companies with a platform of software tools that manage and control the 3D printing process more efficiently, allowing them to meet the highest standards of the most demanding industries. Materialise Software’s suite of solutions, Materialise Magics, includes industry-leading data preparation and design optimization tools, programs to integrate 3D printing into production environments, and software and control systems used by machine manufacturers to better bridge the gap between applications and 3D printers. These solutions are open by nature, empowering co-creation and collaboration between different players in the 3D printing and manufacturing eco-system and providing the industry a solid foundation on which to expand and grow. Materialise Magics will be available to Canon customers across Europe from 3 May 2016.