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Materialise's MiiCraft Builder Simplifies 3D Printing on Rays Optics MiiCraft+ Printers

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 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, is proud to announce the launch of MiiCraft Builder. The MiiCraft 3D DLP printer was first released in 2012 by Rays Optics, a leading optics manufacturer that creates the projectors and lenses found in many top consumer electronics. The MiiCraft+, the second generation with more user-friendly interface and better accuracy, is now available together with the MiiCraft Builder.

Having a computer that efficiently communicates with a 3D printer drastically streamlines the 3D printing process. This is why the MiiCraft Builder seamlessly integrates the Materialise Build Processor with an intuitive front-end solution. Just one of the recent Materialise Build Processor releases, it acts similar to the way a printer driver works for 2D printers. Once users have a model ready to print, the Build Processor steps in and seamlessly transfers data, giving users more control over their 3D print jobs. The front-end solution opens up MiiCraft+'s DLP printing technology to a wider range of users and makes critical functionalities such as automatic support generation easier and faster than ever.

Ideal for 3D printing prosumers, the MiiCraft+ has been specifically developed as a sturdy and robust unit. The machine is based on Stereolithography (SL) technology using Pico DLP projectors and provides high-resolution parts at a fraction of the cost of comparable machines. The printers are ideal for creating small, delicate high-quality prints and are used in fields such as jewelry design, dentistry, education and fine mechanics.

Rays Optics has made their printer's technology open so that users can get inside the machine and adapt it to fit their needs, such as the adjustment of Z axis accuracy or curing time for different materials. The Materialise's Build Processor is an integral offering in its open software platform, meaning that users can integrate entire 3D printing factories, encompassing a wide variety of machines and materials, into a single, efficient workflow. Positioned to become the de facto standard in 3D Printing software, it's ideal to drive efficiency throughout the entire 3D printing process for industrial and medical applications users.

This Build Processor is one of many that Materialise will be releasing and we are looking forward to future releases with other partners, from home printers, to prosumers, to industrial printers. This software is the ideal solution to connect applications to 3D printing technologies.

For more information about build processors, please visit:

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

For more information about MiiCraft+, please visit:

http://www.miicraft.com

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.

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