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Materialise's Leapfrog Builder Now Bundled With Leapfrog 3D Printers

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International CES -- Materialise NV (Nasdaq:MTLS), a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D printing solutions in the medical and industrial markets, and Leapfrog 3D Printers, a leading 3D printer producer from the Netherlands bringing 3D printing solutions to a wide audience, are proud that their partnership has led to a successful Builder, which will now be bundled with the new Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer. It is the first time that Materialise applies its decades of experience in developing high-end software to a leading desktop 3D printer. Leapfrog 3D printers are a preferred choice for business and educational users due to their deep knowledge on what these different type of users need to add value with a 3D printer. The Leapfrog Builder, which combines Materialise's Build Processor with a user-friendly front-end solution, makes printing easier than ever while still offering the user many options to print.

Much like printer drivers make inkjet printing easy because of the simple user interface that still allows the user to choose from many settings and profiles, the powerful Leapfrog Builder, developed by Materialise, enables the same for Leapfrog's 3D printers, which use fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology. This lets users adjust the settings based on pre-set, automatically updated profiles or create their own profile based on the parameters of their choice. Not only does this give users more control and options over their print, it also drastically streamlines the printing process so that users can go from STL file to clicking print in one all-inclusive program.

In order to remain agile in the rapidly developing 3D printing industry, Leapfrog 3D Printers believes in building customized solutions for their clients by building partnerships with companies that are the very best in their specific field, like Materialise. Besides these types of partnerships, Leapfrog 3D Printers also partners up with customers in different industries, to gain a deep understanding of what is needed to add value for their specific application. Their very first partnership is still holding strong: Leapfrog 3D Printers was founded in 2012 by Dutch machine producer AV Flexologic, who is still using these printers in-house. Their immediate feedback is used to continuously develop the printers, making them ideal for the education, product design, medical purposes and architectural design. The Leapfrog Builder will help tremendously in making it even easier for all types of users to print their designs.

For more information about build processors, please visit:

http://software.materialise.com/build-processor

http://www.lpfrg.com/materialiseforleapfrog

About Materialise

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise is a provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products. Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of AM since 1990, through its involvement in AM for industrial and medical applications, by providing biomedical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations and by developing unique solutions for its customers' prototyping, production, and medical needs. For additional information, please visit: www.materialise.com.

About Leapfrog 3D Printers

Leapfrog 3D printers is a producer of desktop and professional 3D printers based in The Netherlands. Our aim is to help our professional and school clients to uncover all the benefits 3D printing can offer for them. In order to do this, we work closely together with our customers, whom we treat as partners. We therefore understand that 3D printing is about much more than just the 3D printer itself; it is about the printing materials, about software, about hardware add-ons, about services and about educating the market. We call this Leapfrog Solutions: where we offer knowledge and all the tools our user groups need to add real value for their purpose. Our current solutions focus on schools, mechanical engineers and on 3D printer novices and more are on the way. Keep an eye on us, because, together with our clients, we Create the Future. Find out more through www.lpfrg.com

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CONTACT: Materialise Vanessa Palsenbarg Corporate Communications Specialist, Materialise Phone: +32 16 39 66 37 Fax: +32 16 39 66 00 Email: Vanessa.Palsenbarg@materialise.be Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MaterialiseNV Visit: www.materialise.com Leapfrog Saswitha de Kok Commercial manager, Leapfrog Phone: +31638763633 or +31172503625 Email: s.dkok@lpfrg.com Twitter: @Leapfrog_3D Visit: www.lpfrg.com/news/press

Source:Materialise NV; Leapfrog