At the IDTechEx Show! 2019 Fieldlab MM3D partner DoMicro BV showcased the developments of 3D printed electronics.
The demonstrator ‘BlinkLink’, developed within the work package Integrated Electronics of the Fieldlab MM3D, demonstrates the manufacturing technology of 3D structures with functionalities of integrated electronics. The BlinkLink consists of a small table lamp, a bracelet and a small bust and are connected to each other. It is a cloud-based application in which touch sensitive objects can transfer specific colour signals, which shows the virtual visible connection.
In future soldiers can get their food from a 3D printer on-site. Their meals can be tailor-made in order to have a faster recovery. Food from the printer also offers enormous benefits in logistical terms. Read more …
(Article is in Dutch) Source: Algemeen Dagblad 20-04-2019
Since 2016, the AMSYSTEMS Center has grown into a complex ecosystem connecting industry and academia in the Netherlands and beyond. The four application focuses – Food, Pharma, Industrial Additive Manufacturing and Structural Electronics – have developed organically, reacting to new innovations while remaining attuned to the diverse needs of parties involved. Katja Pahnke (TU/e) and Pieter Debrauwer (TNO) share their thoughts.
A constant evolution
The applications move in different directions due to their
maturity levels. “Industrial Additive Manufacturing is a growing business and, in addition to the established players, new companies are emerging on this topic,” says Pieter, Managing Director of the AMSYSTEMS Center. “This is the right time to transfer much of our expertise, knowledge and patents to the market domain.” AMSYSTEMS remains at the forefront of Food and Pharma printing, in which changes are occurring rapidly and technological investments are needed to reach the next phase of innovations. Structural Electronics, meanwhile, finds itself in a ‘middle-ground’: some of the basic technologies are mature but they are now being combined in ways that are wholly original. This application will be accelerated by embedding it in Holst Centre, which is a leader in the domain of flexible electronics.
Creating an ecosystem
As Managing Director on behalf of TU/e, Katja is also no stranger to industry. “I worked for seven years at TNO in the past, so I know a lot of the people and the culture there. When you know each other, you know the way of working that fits.” A common culture benefits everyone. TNO and its network can translate business needs into research questions at the university. In turn, the academic freedom to explore alternative or emerging ideas is a vital source of innovations that
“We’re not only doing nice technical innovations but also developments that have societal impact,”
boost industry. Katja also notes that scientists from TNO are taking part-time roles as assistant professors at TU/e and that this co-location has helped with both community building and mutual learning. Pieter agrees: “Most innovation starts at the coffee corner and, if you have an issue, that’s where you run into somebody who knows something about it.”
Taking an interdisciplinary approach
One strength of the AMSYSTEMS Center has always been its unique combination of fundamental and applied research. The focus areas intersect heavily on a fundamental level but develop uniquely when applied. Katja: “That is also a kind of role distribution – we at TU/e are looking more to the fundamental questions and TNO more to the applied science.” Students are able to investigate a topic to a great depth over a period of years, while applied projects are usually focused on completing tasks for a client within six months. AMSYSTEMS Center’s culture of cooperation turns these differing timeframes into golden opportunities for students, PDEng trainees and PhD candidates. T-shaped engineers, who have highly detailed knowledge in one area, bring about huge innovations precisely because they have interdisciplinary backgrounds forged through short-term collaborations with industry.
For Pieter and Katja, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming years. “I really enjoy seeing new equipment being developed,” says Pieter. “On the Food and Pharma side, we’re looking, for example, at how we can make pills for groups in which the patient population is small and it’s difficult to make medicine cost-effectively. We’re not only doing nice technical innovations but also developments that have societal impact.” Katja adds to this: “It’s a really unique ecosystem that we have in this region. We’re focusing on the areas that we’re excellent in but are adaptable enough to understand when something is mature or would be better off elsewhere – always striving for excellence.”
“We’re focusing on the areas that we’re excellent in but are adaptable enough to understand when something is mature or would be better off elsewhere.”
At RapidPro 2019 René van der Meer from Océ (partner in Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D) filled in for Prof. dr. Shoufen Yang at the last moment. The audience got inspired by his presentation about ‘How to 3D Print a Better World’. His colleague Kateryna Filippovych gave a presentation about Multi Material 3D Jetting during the Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D network meeting. The network meeting was part of the RapidPro program.
On 13 and 14 March AMSYSTEMS Center and TNO’s two other Joint Innovation Centers, Holst Centre and Brightlands Material Center, were present at the exhibition area of RapidPro 2019. We have shown how we collaborate and serve the industry at the best way.
AMSYSTEMS Center and the Fieldlab partners were also on the RapidPro program by organising the Fieldlab MM3D network meeting on 13 March. Next to presentations from the Fieldlab partners Brightlands Materials Center and Océ about the latest developments, also other professionals in AM and in innovations programs gave an inspirational talk. Visitors also got an interesting presentation from three PhD candidates. They gave insight into their research ‘Additive Manufacturing for Ceramics’, which is one of the application area within Fieldlab MultiM-3D. The other two applications are dental and printed electronics. All in all it was great to be at the RapidPro.
More information, abstracts of presentations included, about the network meeting, please click here.
More information about the Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D, please click here.
The EFRO subsidized project Fieldlab Multi Material 3D (Fieldlab MM3D) is working on an approach to 3D print artificial colored teeth for dentures and crowns. The resulting technology may serve a billion euro market, provide better-looking results and massively reduce the amount of manual labor that goes into making dental prostheses.
The dental material is provided by NextDent and is suitable for 3D Printing. AMSYSTEMS Center integrates Océ’s color jetting technology with their mono color 3D dental printer.
On January 21st, 2019, the 3D Printed Electronics Conference took place at the High Tech Campus, Eindhoven. René van der Meer of Océ Research & Development represented Fieldlab MM3D and gave an inspirational talk about ‘Printing Realistic Teeth’, showing the first Multi- Material 3D printed objects (photo 1 and 2).
Photo 1. The four quadrants in this object is to check Photo 2. An object with two concentric circles the alignment of the printhead
These objects are jetted at a high temperature with two Océ printheads in a Fieldlab MM3D printer using industrial grade dental resins materials. This means Fieldlab MM3D has printed the world’s first multi-coloured objects with inkjet using two dental resins. In the next quarter coloring inks, developed by Brightlands Materials Center, will be tested together with the TNO Lepus SLA printer. The fieldlab project ends in September 2019.
From 31st of January to 1st of February, 2019, Katja Pahnke, managing director, and Roeland Brugman, Global Business Development Manager, presented AMSYSTEMS Center at the Holland High Tech Pavilion at NanoTech 2019 in Tokyo.
NanoTech is an international nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference. Next to showing visitors the innovations on additive manufacturing from our center Katja and Roeland have also welcome Prince Constantijn at the booth. During the Holland High Tech Seminar Katja participated in a joint interview together with Aaike van Vught (VS particale) and Jasper van Weerd (LipoCoat). It was at the fruitful and successful event.