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Materialise NV Announces Collaboration With Consensus Orthopedics

Consensus to Use Materialise's Knee Guide System, Allowing Surgeons Working With Consensus' Knee Implants to Plan Their Surgeries in 3D and Use 3D Printed Patient-Specific Guides

LEUVEN, Belgium, June 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Materialise NV (Nasdaq:MTLS), a leading provider of 3D software and sophisticated 3D printing solutions, and pioneer in medical image based knee guide technology, today announced that Consensus Orthopedics Inc. will use its Knee Guide System.

The Materialise Knee Guide System, a solution consisting of easy-to-use 3D surgical planning software and patient-specific surgical guides for knee surgery, allows surgeons to efficiently and accurately plan knee surgeries based on the patient's unique anatomy and structural damage. Based on that pre-operative plan, patient-specific guides are designed and 3D printed for use during surgery. This widely-used system will now include Consensus Orthopedics. 

Jeroen Dille, Director of Materialise's Clinical Unit, states: "Since the start of Materialise 25 years ago, it has been our mission to improve people's lives through meaningful applications of 3D printing. It is the realization of this mission that first led us to pioneer medical image based guide technology, including solutions for the knee, and is why a collaboration with Consensus Orthopedics is a natural next step. Through this collaboration we are further positioned to help even more surgeons discover the benefits that 3D printing can offer in the planning and execution of total knee arthroplasty."

Colleen Gray, President and CEO of Consensus declares: "Materialise is providing Consensus with a unique and differentiated product. The ability for our surgeons to pre-operatively plan and use patient-specific guides based on their patients' MRI allows for more predictable surgical outcomes. Consensus is excited to team with Materialise and deliver innovative solutions for the orthopedic market."

Materialise has 25 years of experience in 3D planning and printing for medical applications, which includes the development of dedicated 3D visualization and planning software, engineering and design services and the production of 3D printed patient-specific guides and implants.

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:

About Consensus, Inc.

Located in northern California, Consensus Orthopedics is a high-quality manufacturer of hip and knee implants. With over 20 years of orthopaedic design and manufacturing experience, Consensus is committed to providing proven and reliable total joint implants and instruments to the global market.

CONTACT: Press contacts:

         Vanessa Palsenbarg
         Corporate Communications Specialist, Materialise
         Phone: +32 16 39 66 37
         Fax: +32 16 39 66 00
         Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MaterialiseNV

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