MSc. Hilhorst, D.

PhD candidate Multi-Material 3D printing
Design Engineering

Mechatronic Design

Academic Background

Dolores Hilhorst is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology, in the Mechatronic Design group of the Design Engineering department.  

Dolores obtained both her Bachelor and Master degree from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft. She completed her Master Integrated Product Design (IPD) in May 2016, when she graduated Cum Laude on the development of a 3D handscanner. This photogrammetry-based device instantly photographs a person's hand from multiple angles. In a subsequent step, a 360 degree digital surface model is reconstructed, which can then be used to create a custom-fit 3D printed product.

In 2016, the project was featured at the TU Delft Research Exhibition, the International Festival of Technology Delft and the Mind the Step exhibition at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

After her graduation, she worked for DIG-it! as a designer. In this function, she supported researchers in communicating their research projects (using 2D and 3D visualizations). This process lead up to over a hundred projects being showcased at the TU Delft Research Exhibition in June 2017. 

Having gotten acquainted with so many inspiring researchers, Dolores became enthused to start a PhD herself, for which she was given the opportunity within the Design Engineering department. 

Her current PhD research focuses on the topic of multi-material 3D printing, and more specifically on multi-material FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling). 

The aim of the research is to push the boundaries of what is possible with multi-material FDM, by inventorying which material combinations and heterogeneous structures form interesting opportunities for design, by determining what the technical capabilities of multi-material FDM machines are (and should be), and by exploring how designers can (and should be able to) define multi-material structures that are to be 3D printed.

Dutch 3D printing company Ultimaker BV is involved in the research as an external project partner.


  • 2014 – 2016
    Master Integrated Product Design, Delft University of Technology
    Graduation project: Developing the embodiment of a human oriented 3D scanner
  • 2010 – 2014
    Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology


  • 2017 – present
    PhD candidate Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing, Delft University of Technology
  • 2016 – 2017
    Designer for DIG-it! & TU Delft Research Exhibition, Valorisation Centre, Delft University of Technology
  • 2014 – 2015
    Student assistant for Master elective Modeling & Prototyping Freeform Product Shapes, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013 – 2015
    Assistant teacher in physics & art history, Stichting Studiebegeleiding Leiden (SSL)
  • 2013 – 2014
    Intern, Pezy Product Innovation, Groningen

Specialisation / field of research

  • Multi-Material 3D printing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing

Involved in the research project(s)