Dr. ir. Elkhuizen, W.S.

Post-doctoral researcher
Design Engineering


Willemijn Elkhuizen is a post-doctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. She obtained her Bachelor and Master degree at Industrial Design Engineering in Delft. From 2011 she worked at the research department of Océ Technologies B.V., researching sustainable product development opportunities for the print industry. In 2013 Océ Technologies offered her the opportunity do a PhD focused on 3D printing and fine art reproduction. 

Her PhD research focused on material appearance the reproduction of paintings; to develop an integrated approach for the reproduction of colour, topography, and gloss. The ultimate design goal of the research project was to be able to create visually indistinguishable reproductions. Specifically, her research focused on the reproduction of gloss: to understand which parameters are important for the reproduction of gloss of paintings, using (3D) scanning, modelling and 3D printing, and how these parameters relate to its material appearance. For this propose she developed experimental setups to capture gloss – that varies across a surface - and collaborated with industry partners to print spatially-varying gloss. 

In the context of her PhD Willemijn evaluated three 3D printed reproductions with museum experts namely, the Selfportrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (c.1669), The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt van Rijn (c. 1665 - c. 1669) and Flower in a Blue Vase by Vincent Van Gogh (c. 1887). In 2015 Willemijn collaborated in creating a reconstruction of the original size of the painting Saul and David by Rembrandt van Rijn (c. 1651-1654 and c.1655-1658), which was on show in the exhibition Rembrandt? The Case of Saul and David at the Mauritshuis, in conjunction with the painting itself. In 2018 she participated in the research project The Girl in the Spotlight, initiated by the Mauritshuis. The project involves a team of internationally recognised specialists working within the collaborative framework of the Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+(NICAS), and several scientists from other institutions. Within the context of this project, she made a 3D scan of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665). This scan was compared to three other topographical scans of the painting to evaluate their suitability for visualisation, documentation and monitoring, in the context of painting conservation.

Her PhD project was funded by Océ Technologies B.V. and a collaboration between Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (3mE)), Océ Technologies B.V. (a Canon Company), Mauritshuis, Kröller-Müller Museum and Rijksmuseum.


  • 2018 – now
    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 reproduction
  • Cultural Heritage

Lectures/Coaches students on

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


Involved in the research project(s):