New Food video from AMSYSTEMS Center


Feed concentrates from a printer

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


Three years of the AMSYSTEMS Center: prospects and reflections

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,”

Pieter Debrauwer

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.


Looking forward

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.”

Katja Pahnke

Fieldlab MM3D Partner Océ at RapidPro 2019

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.

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AMSYSTEMS Center and Fieldlab MM3D partners at RapidPro 2019

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.


get an impression of the network meeting:

Henk Buining (AMSYSTEMS Center)

Marc de Haas (BOM)

Margot Segers (Brightlands Material Center)

Martin Stroetinga (Fontys)

Kateryna Filipppovych (Océ)

Thomas Hafkamp (TU/e HTSC)

Andrei Kozhevnikov (TU/e HTSC)

Steyn Westbeek, TU/e HTSC

Hessel Maalderink (TNO, Holst Centre)

Photo credits partly: René van der Meer, Océ


Smart Industry Fieldlab Multi – Material 3D at the 3D Printed Electronics Conference 2019

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.

More information: Presentation AMSYSTEMS Fieldlab MM3D.


Flashback – AMSYSTEMS Center at Nanotech 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.

Roeland Brugman explaining our activities to Prince Constantijn
Katja Pahnke (second from the left) participating the panel










Innovation Alliance with Cluster Mechatronic&Automation, Augsburg, Bayern

(article is in Dutch)
Source: Newsletter Update Brainport Industries

A mature market for Additive Manufacturing

Technishow Magazine December 2018 – an interview at Formnext 2018 with program manager Wijnand Germs about getting towards a mature market for Additive Manufacturing (article is in Dutch).

White paper PwC – Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing

As part of the broader Smart Industry, 3D printing is developing into a highly useful 
alternative for product development and is also a
relevant factor in existing manufacturing industry. Organizations need to take action now and 3D printing needs to be top-of-mind at management level in order to ensure that the added value of this technology is clear throughout the organization. 

Wolter Kersbergen and Roger Quaedvlieg from PwC have held talks with than 20 companies in the wider manufacturing industry on how they are using 3D printing. This was coordinated from the ‘Multi-material 3D printingfield lab’ – part of the nationwide Smart Industry initiative – to which they are affiliated. Wolter and Roger spoke to these companies about the challenges they face and the growing awareness of the potential and value of 3D printing. The aim of the research is to accelerate the adoption of 3D-printing by the industry. Wolter and Roger Hope that their White Paper ‘Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing’ will contribute to achieving this.

Wolter Kersbergen Source: PwC

A recent study conducted by Strategy& (part of PwC) reveals that the market for 3D printing products and technologies is set to grow to €22.6 billion by 2030. Currently, 18% of manufacturing companies are using 3D printing, and this figure is set to exceed 30% by 2023. These statistics show that companies will need to think hard about how they intend to successfully integrate 3D printing into their business models.

Most companies are aware of the advantages of 3D printing. These include design freedom, the fact that it is now technically possible to produce complex designs within a reasonable budget, a minimum batch size of one unit and a high level of flexibility within production until just before the point of use. However, many companies are postponing the move towards actually applying 3D printing as a production technology. In many cases, only part of the organization is aware of the possibilities. As a result, the added benefit for the entire value chain is often ignored and the true potential of this technology remains hidden.

Roger Quaedvlieg Source: PwC

The talks produced interesting insights into issues faced by companies in the process of making optimum use of the full potential of 3D printing. As is the case with many new digital technologies, 3D printing is about more than technology alone. This makes it the perfect subject for discussion at management and administrative level. How disruptive will 3D printing be and how will it transform the business model? To help companies with this, the White Paper includes a number of questions to assess where they are now and where any issues may lie. These questions, combined with the step-by-step plan, can help companies to unleash the potential of 3D printing.

The link to white paper Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing