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Materialise Partners up with Velleman to Develop a New Builder Software

Leuven, Belgium – February 9, 2016. Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS), a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D printing solutions in the medical and industrial markets, has recently entered into a partnership with Velleman, a Belgian wholesaler and electronics developer. The synergy between Materialise’s 3D printing software competencies and Velleman’s hardware expertise will result in a better and smarter end-product and boost the consumer’s user-experience.

Materialise is building partnerships with machine manufacturers to improve the communication between 3D software and a wide range of 3D printers. Velleman has more than 40 years of experience in developing DIY-kits for electronics and brought a second-generation do-it-yourself printer to the market last year. Materialise and Velleman will work together to bundle the Velleman K8400 Vertex 3D printer with the Materialise Builder software.

“The Velleman Vertex Builder will make the 3D printing process as straight-forward as possible for everyone with a K8400 Vertex printer,” explains Karel Brans, Business Line Director for OEM Partnerships at Materialise. “It will operate much in the same way as printer drivers for 2D printing and will make critical functionalities such as automatic support generation easier and faster than ever.”

Dirk Vlerick, CEO of Velleman is very proud to step into this new venture. “With this partnership, Velleman will be able to equip its printer with powerful 3D printing software, tailored to its customers’ needs”, he says.

Users of all skill levels will have access to this industry-leading software for slicing models and support material generation through a user-friendly user interface. In addition, the Velleman Vertex Builder software will have a button that links to the Materialise 3DPrintCloud, where users can rely on tools in the cloud to prepare their models for 3D Printing. This process will be as easy, fast, automated and secure as ever. On top of that, 3DPrintCloud will help users to speed up the 3D printing preparation process, while ensuring the quality of the printed part.

Materialise and Velleman are looking forward to the release of the Velleman Vertex Builder software, expected by the first quarter of 2016.  

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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:

Materialise HQ Press Office

Technologielaan 15

3001 Leuven


Kirsten Van Praet

Materialise HQ Press Office
Technologielaan 15
3001 Leuven

Vanessa Palsenbarg
Corporate Communications Specialist
Phone: +32 16 39 66 37
Fax:    +32 16 39 66 00
Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MasterialiseNV
VELLEMAN® nv is a Belgian wholesaler and electronics developer for more than 40 years with over 18.000 different products, sold worldwide. Velleman is a dynamic company that is a pioneer in designing and providing new quality products for either leisure or technical use while targeting all skill levels, young and old around the world.

Velleman will do this even better and faster than any other company by providing the customer with the best logistic service, know-how and after-sales support. In general, Velleman has built an excellent longstanding reputation driven by technical specialists.

Velleman strives to be a human and trustworthy link between their customers and the ever-changing world of electronics technology.

Velleman Headquarter:

Legen Heirweg 33

9890 Gavere


Stephan Santens – Technical Director

Mobile: +32 (0) 474 49 76 91


Velleman: +32 (0)9 384 36 11

Fax: +32 (0)9 384 67 02