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1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.


Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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Materialise incorporates 27 years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the 3D printing industry.
Materialise has been in the additive manufacturing business since 1990 for industrial and medical applications, providing biomedical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing surgical simulations, and by developing solutions for customers' prototyping production, and medical needs.
Dydynski and the software technology of Materialise, the 3D modeling and case planning would not have been possible,” said Todd Pietila, cardiovascular engineering expert at Materialise.
3D printing in design and manufacturing European research and innovation funding Materialise http://www.
He said that he would favour an accord to materialise at the Group of 20 summit in November.
Travel organisation Abta said some fans might book trips where promised tickets to the matches failed to materialise.
But the level of compliance is much higher than expected, and the great revolution publicans threatened was a revolution that failed to materialise.
NEWMARKET clerk of the course Michael Prosser intends to turn on the taps this morning in a bid to ensure "beautiful racing ground" in time for the two-day Guineas meeting after the forecast rain failed to materialise yesterday, writes Paul Eacott.
Materialise has therefore filed a patent infringement action at the Dusseldorf district court.
Lotus lamp by Janne Kyttanen for Materialise, which inventively exploits sophisticated new techniques of stereolithography and selective laser sintering.
The oil refining sector in Yemen, which has changed little for nearly five decades, is to be expanded in a big way as private projects now look certain to materialise.
Attaining consistent, realistic quotations for new tools is the aim of "Magics Tooling Expert," new cost-calculation software from Materialise in Vernon, Conn.