TNO and TU/e have recently signed an agreement this month for the foundation of the new knowledge center that will be located on the TU/e campus and will build on the existing expertise of the university and TNO in this field.
The new knowledge center aims to stimulate the competitiveness and growth of Dutch industry. The center will undertake fundamental and applied research to arrive at innovations that ultimately make it to the marketplace via the affiliated companies or spin-offs that are created. The center will also train experts and scientists that the emerging 3D-printing industry needs.
Part of the plan is to establish a new chair and research group ‘Systems Mechatronics for Advanced Manufacturing’. The recruiting process for the position of professor has already begun. It is expected that within four years 25 PhD students will be undertaking research and that more than 50 professionals will be involved in the center.
The researchers of the new center are focusing on developing high-tech equipment for the production of smart products that are typically manufactured from several materials. TNO and TU/e have years of experience in additive manufacturing at their disposal and will make the step within the research programs to the next generation of integrated production systems. The findings will be tested in practice in the established Smart Industry Fieldlab MultiM3D.