7 December - The Next Generation of 3D Printing

The High Tech Systems Center of TU/e and the department Additive Manufacturing of TNO Eindhoven have joined forces in the field of 3D multi-material printing for equipment. 

This research center with the new name AMSYSTEMS Center will be focusing predominantly on the production of equipment for smart, personalized and multi-material products, like dentures, soles, printed food and pharmaceuticals as well as components for high tech equipment. TNO and TU/e are integrating their innovation programs, sharing R&D facilities and educating experts in this field. AMSYSTEMS intends to be a leading center for research and development at European level. 

Official kick off

On December 7th AMSYSTEMS Center held its official kick-off. The opening started with keynotes from Daan Kersten showed the developments of his industrial 3D metal printer MetalFab1, a machine with a completely automated 3D manufacturing process in printing metal parts. René Gurka presented BigRep and had a similar vision on printing functional polymer parts in completely automated production systems. Inspired by the existing PrintValley technology, BigRep has confirmed the collaboration with AMSYSTEMS Center. After the keynotes a lab tour took our guests to unique R&D facilities. Representatives of the AMSYSTEMS program lines and partners like Admantec, Additive industries, Brightland Materials Center and Holst Centre welcomed our guests to the technology market.The AMSYSTEMS Center collaboration was formal opened by Frank Baaijens, rector magnificus of the Eindhoven University of Technology, and Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Industry of TNO.

The management team of AMSYSTEMS is formed by Erwin Meinders (TNO) and Katja Pahnke (TU/e HTSC). Almost 40 researchers from TNO and TU/e are already involved in this cooperation and the first PhD’s have started.