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MAD Honour for Wilfried Vancraen

The Museum of Art and Design has chosen Wilfried Vancraen as one of this year’s honourees. The distinguished award is for the decades that Materialise has been working with designers and scientists to help expand design and manufacturing. The award was also granted on the occasion of Materialise’s inclusion in MAD’s newest exhibition, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital (16/10/2013 – 6/7/2014).

Materialise and its founder and CEO, Wilfried Vancraen, were among those honoured with a MAD Visionaries! Award in New York City in recognition of Materialise’s commitment to technological innovation in 3D printing, it’s affect upon design and manufacturing while remaining committed to artistic creativity, sustainability and the improvement of people’s lives.

Receiving The Honour

Every year, the Gala honours leaders and innovators in the fields of art, design, philanthropy and business, who through their work demonstrate foresight, imagination and a commitment to supporting creativity in all its forms.

Out of Hand aims to explore a monumental transition in the way human beings understand creation, from the earliest objects conceived and produced by individual makers through the tools of technological innovation.

Included in the exhibition are compelling creations from the past decade ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport — many of which were produced utilising 3D printing at Materialise. Today’s digital fabrication methods, such as 3D printing, give individuals the ability to go beyond the traditional boundaries of production, often resulting in objects otherwise impossible to realise.

Artists, architects and designers who have collaborated with Materialise for pieces in the exhibition include Bathsheba Grossman, Naim Josefi, Dror Benshetrit, Wertel Oberfel and fellow Visionaries! Award honoree, Frank Stella.

You can read more about the Out of Hand Exhibition at 3DPI here and here.