Belgian 3D printing factory Materialise entered into a partnership with electronics supplier Velleman. The deal will result in a better and smarter end-product and boost the consumer’s user-experience.
Materialize is a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D printing solutions in the medical and industrial markets. The company is building partnerships with machine manufacturers to improve the communication between 3D software and a wide range of 3D printers. As a supplier of electronics, Velleman has more than 40 years of experience in developing DIY-kits for electronics and brought a second-generation do-it-yourself printer to the market last year. Materialise and Velleman will work together to bundle the Velleman K8400 Vertex 3D printer with the Materialise Builder software.
“The Velleman Vertex Builder will make the 3D printing process as straight-forward as possible for everyone with a K8400 Vertex printer,” explained Karel Brans, Business Line Director for OEM Partnerships at Materialise. “It will operate much in the same way as printer drivers for 2D printing and will make critical functionalities such as automatic support generation easier and faster than ever.”
Dirk Vlerick, CEO of Velleman is very proud to step into this new venture. “With this partnership, Velleman will be able to equip its printer with powerful 3D printing software, tailored to its customers’ needs”, he said.
Users of all skill levels will have access to this industry-leading software for slicing models and support material generation through a user-friendly user interface. In addition, the Velleman Vertex Builder software will have a button that links to the Materialise 3DPrintCloud, where users can rely on tools in the cloud to prepare their models for 3D Printing. This process will be as easy, fast, automated and secure as ever. On top of that, 3DPrintCloud will help users to speed up the 3D printing preparation process, while ensuring the quality of the printed part.
Materialize is not the only big company trying to find a software solution that will fit multiple – if not all – 3D printers. Others trying include Singularity University’s Authentise, the 3DPrinterOS team, 3DaGoGo’s Astroprint and, of course, Autodesk, with its Spark project and fund. The first that will be able to control them all, will win. The Velleman Vertex Builder software will start its quest in this first quarter of 2016