AMSYSTEMS Center announcement

Since the establishment of AMSYSTEMS Center by TNO and TU/e High Tech Systems Center in 2016, the center has focused on fundamental and applied research and the development of 3D printing systems in the application areas Food, Pharma, Industrial Additive Manufacturing and Structural Electronics. In the intervening period, AMSYSTEMS Center has grown into a successful innovation center and has produced several technological developments within these four application areas. As a result of these developments and in view of the future focus and market opportunities, we have decided to set up the activities in a different manner.

Food and Pharma
A shift is currently taking place within food production. Personalized nutrition will become a reality within decades, the demand for sustainable production processes is increasing and the level of interest in unique eating experiences is growing. Current production processes cannot cope with these developments and new production processes are therefore in demand. For this reason, TNO and TU/e expanded their collaboration in 3D food printing to Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in June 2018. This is carried out under the name Digital Food Processing Initiative (DFPI). WUR’s expertise in food science has significantly enhanced our position in 3D food printing. Unique to this collaboration is the combination of knowledge expertise on nutrition and high-tech systems in terms of both applied and fundamental research. At a later stage, pharma printing, i.e. the printing of medicines, will be investigated within this collaboration.

For more information on 3D food printing and/or pharma printing, please contact Daniel van der Linden, Business Development Manager DPFI:, +31 (0)6 3023 0147 or Patrick Anderson, TU/e Professor of Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids,, +31 (0)40 247 4823

Structural Electronics
Research into Structural Electronics follows on from the innovations (including flexible electronics) of the Holst Centre. The further development of Structural Electronics has therefore been housed within the Holst Centre, as we see a lot of synergy and future opportunities here. The Holst Centre will continue to work closely with TU Eindhoven. More than five PhD students from various research groups are currently working on this subject.
For more information about 3D Structural Electronics, please contact Jeroen van den Brand, Department Manager Hybrid Printed Electronics:, +31 (0)6 3175 7081

Industrial Additive Manufacturing
In Industrial Additive Manufacturing, AMSYSTEMS Center has successfully developed unique methods and technologies to significantly increase the speed of the 3D printing process. Within this application area, the center has succeeded in bringing innovation closer to the market with a view to valorizing this valuable knowledge and solutions. For this purpose, a new company has been founded with the name AMSYSTEMS B.V. We are proud that this name will be used for the new enterprise. As a result, there is no reason to maintain the name ‘AMSYSTEMS Center’ in addition to all of the aforementioned partnerships. The new company AMSYSTEMS B.V., with TNO as a shareholder, will focus primarily on the further development and commercialization of the aforementioned technological solutions and knowhow.  For more information about Industrial Additive Manufacturing, please contact Roeland Brugman, CEO & co- founder of AMSYSTEMS B.V.:, +31 (0)6 51192701

We would like to thank you for your support and confidence in AMSYSTEMS Center and its activities. We trust that with the new structure and focus, we can safeguard over 25 years of experience and expertise in additive manufacturing and thus further expand the knowledge position of the Netherlands. At the same time, TNO and TU/e also hope to be discussion partners for your innovation issues in the future. We wish all parties involved much success in their current and future developments in the field of additive manufacturing.

Kind regards,

Pieter Debrauwer                           
Research Manager                      
TNO Equipment for Additive Manufacturing

Katja Pahnke
Managing Director
TU/e High Tech Systems Center

Breakthrough to a Perfect Smile for Everyone

Fieldlab MultiM-3D proves technical feasibility of Multi-Material/Multi-Colour 3D printer. In three to five years’ time it should be there: the multi-colour 3D printer that makes affordable artificial teeth that are indistinguishable from the real thing, ultrafast. Read more…

(Article is in Dutch)
Source: LINK Magazine 3 2019

Fieldlab MM3D partner DoMicro showcased the developments in Printed Electronics at IDTechEx Show! Berlin






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.

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