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Torsten Jähnke, physicist, Frank Pelzer, MBA, and Jörn Kamps, physicist, became friends at high school. From there, they studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin sharing a student apartment. Fascinated by all forms of nanotechnology through student jobs, Torsten Jähnke and friends initiated the idea to develop SPMs into a business. In October 1999, the three friends, while still students, founded JPK Instruments AG using their owns funds.

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As of the start in 1990 our goal was to enable new uses for the extraordinary potential that 3D printing offers. Since then, Materialise has pursued its experience into a range of software solutions, engineering and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the industry.