An update to my previous post on Materialise’s 3D printing tech:  Late last year, the Beligum-based Materialise launched a new site called iMaterialise that seems poised to compete directly with Shapeways.com web-based 3D printing service.

One thing that differentiates them from Shapeways:  They’ve developed direct plug-ins for Rhino, Blender and Google SketchUp.  I haven’t had a chance to use any of them yet, but that seems to be the key bridging piece needed to eliminate the major headaches of exporting and fixing STL models.

Pictured above is the Flickr set of a SketchUp lamp competition they held.  They currently have a Rhino lamp design challenge in process.