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TNO reorganizes AMSYSTEMS Center to focus on key verticals

Food & Pharma, Electronics and Industrial AM identified as key research areas

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After runnings its AMSYSTEMS Center for about four years, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Technological University Eindhoven (TU/e) High Tech Systems Center have announced they are reorganizing the center’s additive manufacturing activities to better match future areas of focus and market opportunities.

The AMSYSTEMS Center opened in 2016 and has served as a facility for applied research and development for 3D printing in the areas of Food, Pharma, Industrial AM and Structural Electronics. Over the years, the center has become a well established hub for AM R&D and has produced a number of technological developments for 3D printing in each field. Going forward, TNO is refocusing the efforts of the AMSYSTEMS Center and settings up its activities in a new way.

For one, AMSYSTEMS will continue to place an important focus on Food 3D Printing. As TNO explains, personalized food is expected to become commonplace within decades, especially as the demand for sustainable food production grows and people seek unique ways to eat and engage with food.

To keep up with the rapidly advancing food and tech market, TNO and TU/e partnered with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in June 2018. This ongoing research project—called Digital Food Processing Initiative—leverages WUR’s expertise in food science as well as TNO and TU/e’s experience with 3D printing.

TNO says that as it reinforces the center’s work on food 3D printing through its ongoing partnership, it will turn its focus to the Pharma 3D Printing market at a later stage to investigate 3D printed medicine.

In the field of Structural Electronics, the bulk of R&D will be housed at the Holst Centre, an independent R&D facility in Eindhoven where many innovations in printed flexible electronics are developed. TNO says it sees “a lot of synergy and future opportunities” at the Holst Centre, especially as it continues to work closely with TU/e. (Today, more than five PhD students from various TU/e research groups are currently working in the field of 3D structural electronics).

Finally, in the area of Industrial Additive Manufacturing, the AMSYSTEMS Center has marked a number of successful developments, including the creation of methods and technologies capable of increasing the speed of 3D printing. Moving forward and building on this successful R&D, TNO has launched a new company, AMSYSTEMS B.V., which will continue the center’s work and prepare the 3D printing innovations for the market.

“We are proud that this name will be used for the new enterprise,” said TNO. “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.

“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.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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