KU Leuven has enjoyed an excellent reputation in the field of 3D printing since the 1990s. The university helped lay the foundations for scientific research in what was then a radically innovative technology. This also resulted in the creation of two successful spin-offs: Materialise and LayerWise (which is now part of 3D Systems).
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KU Leuven opens new additive manufacturing lab in Flanders
In the past five years, additive manufacturing activities have no less than tripled at KU Leuven. The new Princess Elisabeth Additive Manufacturing Lab now expands the research possibilities.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve 3D printing techniques and material quality. Our machines are designed and built in-house. This way, we are always one step ahead and capable of experimenting with new materials, techniques and printing processes.
Flanders’ Minister of Science & Innovation Jo Brouns was also present at the opening of the new lab: “Flanders is one of the world’s top leaders in 3D printing technology. Through KU Leuven and Materialise, among others, the region has built up vast expertise that’s now being exported to various countries around the globe.”