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MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Explores 3D Printing's Impact on Individuals, Society and the Environment

LEUVEN, Belgium, Feb. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From April 24th until June 7th, 2015, the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts will present an exhibition called MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING, which will explain the added value of 3D Printing by showing the benefits this technology brings to the lives of individuals, our society and the environment. This exhibition is curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, architect & recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, and produced by Materialise NV (Nasdaq:MTLS), a 3D printing pioneer based in Belgium. Coinciding with Materialise's 25th anniversary, this exhibition also helps illustrate how the company has shaped a leading position within the industry, following a mission statement of working for a "better and healthier world."

About the Exhibition

Decades after its invention, by now it is clear that 3D Printing is a manufacturing technology that can change and revolutionize the way we can make almost anything. Experts estimate that it will be a key technology in this century, enabling industrial developments that were impossible before. In fact, many products in our daily life are already prototyped or manufactured using 3D Printing. Given its expected future role, it is critical to examine how it can affect our environment, shape our society and change individual lives.

Curator Marta Malé-Alemany and Materialise come together to present MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING, an exhibition that looks at 3D Printing with both the eyes of fascination - inviting viewers to discover a production process that allows us to make things differently - and through a deeper observation - to ponder how it can help individuals, enable social changes and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference.

Practical Information
MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING
April 24th-June 7th, 2015
BOZAR Center for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
www.a-difference-in-making.com

About the Curator

Marta Malé-Alemany is an architect, researcher and curator specialized in design and fabrication technologies. She has curated 3D printing exhibitions and organized specific cultural programs concerning design and making. With over 17 years of experience teaching architecture in renowned universities and schools in the U.S. and Europe, she has founded and directed several master and post-graduate programs, and has been appointed as an external reviewer for numerous institutions. Marta's work, in both academic and professional domains, follows a research-driven integrated methodology involving digital design and manufacturing. Her academic work pursues novel material solutions and building methods using natural materials, DIY devices and industrial robotic equipment. In practice she uses digital fabrication technologies for interior design, large-scale installations and architectural applications. Marta holds a professional architecture diploma, a Master's Degree in Advanced Architectural Design, and is a PhD candidate. Her thesis investigates large-scale 3D Printing to innovate industrial design and building construction.

About BOZAR

As Belgium's oldest and largest arts centre, the Centre for Fine Arts aims to be a model for the European cultural centre of the 21st century. An all-embracing umbrella project, BOZAR combines the operations of a dynamic concert and exhibition venue with a multidisciplinary supporting role. Starting from that core artistic mission, BOZAR aims to develop into a stimulating forum for sociocultural developments. Under the BOZAR label, some 1,200 cultural activities take place every year, including 20 exhibitions, 300 concerts, film screenings, theatrical performances, literary evenings, debates, lectures, guided tours, and educational activities. With a permanent staff of 340 and more than 200 artistic partners every year, BOZAR is the driving force behind international artistic projects that strengthen the bonds between regions within and beyond Europe.

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.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact: Vanessa Palsenbarg Corporate Communications Specialist, Materialise Phone: +32 16 39 66 37 Fax: +32 16 39 66 00 Email: press@materialise.com Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MaterialiseNV Visit: www.materialise.com

Source: Materialise