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Materialise and Xi'An Bright Laser Technologies Release Version 1.0 of the BLT Build Processor

LEUVEN, Belgium, July 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 release of version 1.0 of a Build Processor that it developed in collaboration with Xi'an Bright Laser Technologies LTD (BLT) for BLT's high-end Selective Laser Melting (SLM) metal printers.

BLT has a wealth of experience with 20 years in the metal 3D printing industry. As China's leading Selective Laser Melting (SLM) OEM and a leading integrated service solution provider, BLT has a dedication to continuous innovation and excellent service, with customers in industries that include aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, automotive and more. It is BLT's focus on innovation and improved user experience that led them to collaborate with Materialise in the development of a Build Processor.

Similar to the way 2D printer drivers work, Materialise's user-friendly build processors simplify the 3D printing workflow and give users more control over their 3D print, delivering two key benefits. First, the Materialise build processors allow for a seamless transfer of data, enabling users to print more complex and better quality parts. Secondly, the Materialise build processor makes the communication between the operator and the 3D printer reciprocal. In essence, the build processor does not just tell the machine what to do, but also allows the machine to give feedback, allowing the operator to trace and store data on specific jobs. This provides an unprecedented controlled 3D printing environment, helping to meet the rigorous manufacturing requirements of the sectors in which BLT's metal printers are often used.

This Build Processor is one of many that Materialise has released and the company is looking forward to future releases with other partners.

For more information about the full range of Materialise build processors, please visit:

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

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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CONTACT: Press 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