Dr. ir. Elkhuizen, W.S.

Willemijn Elkhuizen is assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Her main research interests are in material appearance capturing, visualization and fabrication (using 3D scanning and 3D printing) and their application in the domains of (product) design and cultural heritage.

Academic Background

Willemijn started her career at Océ Technologies, gaining experience with printing technologies. In 2019, she obtained her PhD at Delft University of Technology, focused on the reproduction of color, topography and gloss of paintings, using 3D scanning and 3D printing. As part of her PhD, she also 3D scanned Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, to evaluate the technique’s suitability for documentation and visualization of crack patterns.

Her research is focused at the capturing, visualizing and fabricating complex, adaptive and changing material appearances in the context of (product) design and cultural heritage. Her research goal is to develop tools and methods for designers and cultural heritage professionals to:

  • Capture material appearance (and its changes over time)
  • Visualize and compare material appearances
  • Manipulate or ‘tinker’ with different material appearances
  • (Automatically) generate (new) material appearances and
  • Fabricate complex material appearances based on captured, generated, or created input


  • 2020 – now
    Assistant Professor (tenure track) at Delft University of Technology
  • 2018 – 2020
    Teacher/researcher at Delft University of Technology
  • 2013 – 2019
    PhD researcher at Delft University of Technology
  • 2011 – 2013
    Researcher and project leader, Research Department, Océ Technologies BV


  • 2007 – 2010
    Master Strategic Product Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2003 – 2007
    Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Specialisation/Field of research

  • 3D scanning
  • 3D printing
  • Material appearance capturing, visualization and fabrication
  • Application domains: (Product) design and Cultural Heritage

Lectures/Coaches students on

  • IO-MI-221 Minor Advanced Prototyping (coordinator)
  • Graduation projects


Involved in the research project(s):