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AMable calls for AM proposals

Are you from SMEs and your focus is innovations in the field of AM? 
Then the AMable call is interesting for you. 

The AMable call, funded by European Union Horizon 2020, aims to enable SMEs to take up AM with the help of financial support and AMable Services. These services target at support and upskilling of employees in the areas of design for AM, technology development, skills and education and to support their business development. The funding rate is 70% of eligible cost.  The first round closes at 1st of October 2018.

Two types of projects are available:

  • Feasibility Studies (5k – 20k): short-term experiments (3-6 months) which are focused to analyse and demonstrate the feasibility of developing new products or businesses related to the Digital Design for AM challenge in a decentralised and distributed digital environment.
  • Best Practice Experiments (10k – 40k): Widespread application experiments (4-12 months) which are conceived for benchmarking, testing, validation and improvement of new AM products, services and standards.

For details of the open call, please click:

You can also pitch your idea (or another idea) on 26th September at the Fieldlab MM3D network meeting. The meeting starts at 15.35 PM and is part of the  Kunstsoffenbeurs 2018. If you have or one of your relations has an idea, please let send us an email to

TU/e and TNO collaborate in AMSYSTEMS Center to do research in industrialisation of 3D-printers

De kraamkamer voor nieuwe generaties 3D-printers  (In Dutch) 

3D-printen lijkt de toekomst te hebben, maar veel bedrijven aarzelen nog om er daadwerkelijk mee aan de slag te gaan. De Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) en TNO hebben daarom de handen ineengeslagen en doen in het AMSYSTEMS Center onderzoek naar de industrialisatie van 3D-printen. PwC’s Wolter Kersbergen in gesprek met Katja Pahnke (TU/e) en Pieter Debrauwer (TNO). Read more.

Source: PwC NL

First results of the 3D print jetted dental elements worldwide

This Summer Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D Océ, Van Mierlo Ingenieursbureau, Brightlands Material Center and AMSYSTEMS Center have developed a 3D printer, the Multi Material 3D Test Printer (MM3DTP).

The controlling of the MM3DTP printer is done by Van Mierlo Ingenieursbureau. With this printer Océ, Van Mierlo Ingenieursbureau, Brightlands Material Center and AMSYSTEMS Center aim to develop Océ’s 3D Workflow and print strategy on site at Océ in Venlo. To show the abilities of this 3D printer Océ has printed the first 3D print jetted dental elements wordlwide in this set-up (see the pictures on the right) and is part of the acceptance test at Van Mierlo.

What’s next
The next step is to combine Océ’s inkjet technology with the Lepus Next Gen Printer of AMSYSTEMS Center. This combination is required to show the feasibility of the colourisation of the single color dental resins from NextDent, a 3D Systems company. Brightlands Materials Center modifies the dental resin to gain the right colour and mechanical properties. The partners strive to achieve this by next year, July 2019. Due to the good results the partners are looking forward to the follow up.


Announcement changes in management board of AMSYSTEMS Center

Recently, Pieter Debrauwer has been appointed as Managing Director of AMSYSTEMS Center, the joint R&D initiative of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and TNO developing next-generation additive manufacturing systems together with Dutch and international industry partners. He holds his position in AMSYSTEMS Center together with the center’s co-director Katja Pahnke, appointed as Managing Director on behalf of TU/e and one of the founders of AMSYSTEMS Center. Simultaneously he has accepted the position of Research Manager of TNO’s department ‘Equipment for Additive Manufacturing’. Pieter is well-prepared and well-informed as he was already involved in AMSYSTEMS Center for several years as manager of one of the center’s program lines.

In both positions, Pieter takes over from Erwin Meinders. Erwin has managed TNO’s department ‘Equipment for Additive Manufacturing’ for the past seven years and he has co-founded AMSYSTEMS Center. Erwin’s new position is CEO of Mentech Innovation (see, a company developing sensor-based technologies that enhance quality of life for people with a severe mental disability by detecting e.g. emotions and pain. Additionally he will continue his role as chief innovation officer at Severinus, a care organization.

The steering committee of AMSYSTEMS Center wants to express its sincere thanks to Erwin for his entrepreneurial leadership in the past years and the committee want to wish both Pieter and Erwin much success in their new positions.

The steering committee would like to express its trust in a good continuation of its valuable relationship and wish you a successful cooperation with the AMSYSTEMS Center in the future. In case of questions don’t hesitate to contact Katja Pahnke or Pieter Debrauwer directly.



In 2017 Brainport Industries – together with TU/e and supported by Brainport Development – entered into a partnership with the Bavarian cluster for Mechatronik & Automation in Bavaria in the Additive4Industry project.

This project focuses on setting up innovation and R & D projects with interesting partners in Bavaria in the field of industrial 3D printing. On 17-18 May a fruitful exchange took place in Eindhoven between Bavarian knowledge institutions such as Fraunhofer, Erlangen University, Hogeschool München and Hogeschool Nürnberg with TNO and TU/e (AMSYSTEMS Center), Addfab, NTS-Group. Read more (in Dutch) 

Source: Brainport Industries

Digital Food Processing Initiative supports innovation

Personalised food, vegetable proteins with the bite of meat or production on demand; digitally controlled food production enables innovations which were inconceivable until very recently. From 29 June, businesses can address all their questions about digital technology to the Digital Food Processing Initiative (DFPI), a cooperative venture between Wageningen University & Research, TNO, AMSYSTEMS Center and Eindhoven University of Technology.

The launch of the Digital Food Processing Initiative will take place on 29 June during the 3D Food Printing Experience at the Wageningen campus. “We provide companies with insight into the possibilities and support them with knowledge about food and high-tech systems,” says Ben Langelaan, research manager Food Technology in Wageningen UR and member of the DFPI steering group. “This helps them more easily translate ideas to the market.’

Innoveren met het Digital Food Processing Initiative

The ambition of the DFPI is to be the global consortium for digitally controlled food production. “Our combined expertise of food and digital technology is unique, which is why we can really help companies move forward,” adds Pieter Debrauwer, research manager at TNO/AMSYSTEMS Center and member of the DFPI steering group. “Sometimes it may be necessary to change the recipe in order to create an attractive product, while at other times the equipment needs adapting in order to realise the right process conditions.”

More than 3D printing

DFPI focuses on five innovation themes: sustainability, personalised food, on-demand food production, new forms and flavours, and new social experiences. While the main food applications to date have been related to 3D printing – such as new shapes of pasta – both organisations expect digital techniques to have a much larger social impact.

On-demand production, for example, could lead to less food waste, while personalised food can help produce special high-protein products for the elderly or athletes. 3D printing can change the functionality of food via the development of new structures, textures and flavours, which could have potential for people who have difficulty swallowing. Digital techniques are expected to drastically change the production, location and logistics of food production.


Food producers, ingredient suppliers, machinery manufacturers, caterers, retailers and other interested parties can have a first look on 29 June at the options for digital food processing. The introduction will include various demonstrations of 3D food printing and presentations on the successful application of digital techniques in the food industry. Professor Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus and vice-president of the WUR Executive Board, will officially launch the DFPI at 11.30. Learn more about the programme and register at the event page for the 3D Food Printing Experience.


DFPI is a joint initiative of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, the Wageningen chair groups Food Process Engineering and Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods, and AMSYSTEMS Center, a partnership between TNO Equipment for Additive Manufacturing and TU Eindhoven High Tech Systems Center.

Board meeting Fieldlab MultiM-3D at Océ

On June 12th the second Board meeting of the Fieldlab MultiM-3D was held, kindly hosted by Océ in Venlo, in presence of all work package leaders and management.

Being on an actual partner location, we could get to know the companies at their own facilities which was a very effective way to learn the needs and skills.

Update future planning
The program started with a tour through Océ printing facilities where we could see the life material jetting as part of the dental work package. Also Océ testability, PAINT, was demonstrated. PAINT makes it possible to monitor during printing and to assure reliable jetting of all nozzles. After that, the work package leaders provided an update of their work package with an emphasis on the near and further future planning of their activities. It was nice to see that while running in the second half of the project period, actual and appealing demonstrators are being produced by all work packages. It demonstrates that after getting to know the partners, we are now speeding up in progressing of the technical work.

Also it is noteworthy to mention that there is a clear wish to continue the activities of the fieldlab in the future as part of H2020, EFRO or other means. This will be considered further and possibilities are being assessed. The next general stakeholder meeting is planned for the last week of September, venue is still open! Thanks Océ for hosting us!

The Fieldlab MultiM-3D on tour at Océ in Venlo

3D Food Printing Experience – 29 June

How to meet the demands of more food in the near future?

Join the ‘3D Food Printing Experience’ on June 29 at Wageningen University & Research. And learn more about various 3D printing technologies and state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment.

Click here for the full program and free registration.

The ‘3D Food Printing Experience’ is a collaboration of WUR and AMSYSTEMS Center.


Succesfull AMSYSTEMS Center Innovation Day


Last Thursday, 30 May 2018, the AMSYSTEMS Center Innovation Day took place at De Gele Kegels, Eindhoven.

This day AMSYSTEMS Center had a rich and varied program. The program consist of interesting talks from international speakers from different industries, such as aerospace, software, pharmaceutical and mechatronics industry. Our innovations in High Tech applications, Printed Electronics, Food and Pharma were shown at our tech market and at our lab facilities. This day our partners, among them also the Fieldlab MultiM-3D partners, and participants shared their developments and view on additive manufacturing. Thanks to them we look back at a successful and varied day.