Mimics® Innovation Awards

Acknowledging excellence in Engineering on Anatomy™

Materialise is committed to make the world better and healthier through Engineering on Anatomy. We are proud that leading researchers from around the world use Materialise Mimics software to achieve the same goal. Since 2005, Materialise supports researchers and their cutting-edge work through the annually held Mimics Innovation Awards. With this competition, we recognize some of the industry’s most important and latest achievements.

An independent, international jury of experts thoroughly evaluates each submission and selects the most innovative cases based on the following criteria:

  • originality of work
  • social impact
  • role of the Materialise Mimics software
  • quality

Winners will receive monetary prizes to further their research, regardless of the discipline. Researchers within universities, hospitals, medical device companies and research centers who use Materialise Mimics software are encouraged to submit their paper.

5 reasons to participate in the Mimics Innovation Awards

  •    Get recognized for your innovative research
  •    Receive award money to further your research
  •    Present your work at Materialise events
  •   Get visibility through the Materialise channels
  •   Become part of a community of innovators

Are you pushing the boundaries with Materialise Mimics? Submit your paper before June 6, 2016 to win up to € 5000.

"Many interesting research projects never progress beyond the planning stage due to lack of funding. At Materialise, we want to support researchers and their important work towards a healthier world."
                                                            Wilfried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise




Testimonials from previous winners




There are three categories for the Mimics Innovation Awards:

1. People’s Choice Award

With the People’s Choice Award, Materialise customers and peers within the network of the Mimics Innovation Awards participants can vote for their favorite submission. If you’d like to participate in this category, be sure to upload a short video!

You can upload your 1 minute video via the submission form. Here are some questions that you can answer in your video:

  • Introduce yourself and your institution.
  • Describe your work and how the Materialise Mimics software contributed to your research.
  • Why should people vote for you?


2. Regional Awards

  • You are working in the biomedical engineering field and want to get an understanding of whether and how medical image segmentation and engineering can help you reach your goals.
  • Your company, university or hospital already owns a license to the Mimics Innovation Suite, but you want to have a basic training session to make full use of this software
  • You want to refresh your basic skills and best practices or get an update on what's new in the latest version.
  • You already understand the basics of segmentation in Mimics, but want to learn more about downstream applications, like measurements, FEA meshing or design.

Your submission will fall under one of the three regions based on your current address. First prize winners receive 3500 EUR and second prize winners 1500 EUR.

3. Global Award

A Global Winner will be selected from the regional first prize winners. This exceptional candidate will receive an additional 1500 EUR making their total award 5000 EUR.



  • You can submit your research in the form of a published or unpublished article.
  • Submission page limit is 10 pages.
  • Submissions must be in English and should at least include the following sections: abstract, methods, results, conclusions.
  • All applicants should have used Materialise Mimics software (Mimics®, 3-matic®, ProPlan CMF®, Mimics® inPrint) for their research.
  • Submissions from all disciplines are encouraged. Typical research areas include but are not limited to: medicine, biomedical engineering, cardiovascular, veterinary medicine, archaeology, pulmonology, biology, palaeontology, material sciences, orthopedics, cranio-maxillofacial, biomechanics, forensics and more.


​If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Testimonials from previous winners

"I was very excited about winning a Mimics Innovation Award. The award allowed me to attend additional professional meetings and purchase materials for my experiments. I even had the opportunity to present my research at a high level Materialise event."

Ellen Roche is an MD/PhD student at Harvard University working on Cardiac repair and exploring myocardial mechanics to guide design of strategies for cardiac repair. She has previous experience as a Research and Development Engineer in the medical device industry.

"This award offers a great opportunity to showcase your work. It’s also important that people demonstrate the many application areas of the Mimics Innovation Suite to continuously push forward its capabilities."
Dr. Heather Doyle completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland) in 2014. Her doctoral research focused on multiscale modeling of 3D-printed orthopedic scaffold materials and computational modeling to evaluate the mechanical stability of critical-sized tibial defects with implanted scaffolds.