Hans Van Glabeke discusses what is new with Materialise software and services, as well as the value-added union with Link3D software to scale and optimize additive manufacturing ecosystems.
– Hi, this is Adam Penna. We’re here in the Materialise booth. Materialise is world renowned and additive manufacturing for their software and services. I’m here with Hans Van Glabeke. He is here to talk to us a little bit more about what’s been going on with Materialise. Hans how are you doing today?
– So indeed, I’m Hans, I’m marketing director for the software division of Materialise. And I’m happy to announce that earlier this week we unionized together with Link3D.
– Yeah, that was big news.
– So, we will see that in a bit in the back over here.
– Yeah, explain a little bit more about what this brings as far as to the whole industry, ’cause this is a very strong partnership now and the union that will go forward together to grow things in the industry.
– So, in fact, it was already announced that we had an option to buy them beginning of the year. What does it bring to us as Materialise? Definitely an acceleration of our plans.
– [Adam] Yeah.
– So we were heading in the same direction and now we will be able to bring to the market faster what we wanted to bring, which is really a platform where data can be stored in a single place and accessible for everyone. And the big benefit for our customers that will get access to such a clever additive manufacturing n to m platform, they will get access to that earlier.
– Yeah, this is a digital thread. You’re connecting all the machines to the customers, to what’s going on behind the scenes and making things more possible going forward. Now talk a little bit about what Materialise has going on as far as their offerings to the industry.
– So our main offerings were in the area of data and build preparation. Definitely also automation, we should not forget a workflow automation, some nice pieces of that just behind you and the strength of Materialise is that we are machine and technology agnostic. So we have connections to more than 150 different machine types and technologies. And that was exactly the nice match also to bring in, that we could bring in and offer to Link3D.
– Yeah, it’s a beautiful match. And I look forward to seeing what’s next with Materialise and Link3D. So Hans, thanks for joining us here today. Is there anything else we should know while we have you here?
– There is a lot that you can know. So you know that Materialise does develop software, probably the best software in the world that we sell to others. And the reason why our software is so good is because we also use it in-house. So we have our in-house manufacturing activities also. That’s where we learn. That’s how our lab, where we develop our software, it’s not just some software engineers typing code somewhere offshore, these people really have hands-on in our production.
– Yeah, that’s a big help to the industry. You’ve done a lot of great things over the years, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what’s next with Materialise and Link3D. Hans, thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you soon. Thanks a lot for everything.
– My pleasure.