MSc. Sauerwein, M.

PhD candidate Additive Manufacturing for Design in a Circular Economy
Department Design Engineering
Section Circular Product Design


Marita Sauerwein is a PhD candidate part of the Design for Sustainability research group. She studies the role of additive manufacturing (AM) for design in a circular economy

In a circular economy the aim is to create a sustainable society through product life extension and complete recovery of materials. This asks for a different design approach. Additive manufacturing is an interesting production method to support this alternative design language, because of its digital and additive character. 

In this research, we study the material input to better fit the circular economy. We aim to create materials from abundant sources that can return after use to a printable state without loss of quality (recyclable materials). Besides this, we are exploring how the (complex) design language of AM can contribute to design in a circular economy, which asks for adaptive products that can restore failures or react to changing needs. The final aim is to integrate the material input with the design output.


  • 2016 – present
    PhD candidate Department of Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology 
  • 2013 – 2015
    Master Integrated Product Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012 – 2013 and 2015 – 2016
    Postgraduate Industrial Design course at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague  
  • 2009 – 2012
    Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology


  • 2016
    Research assistant for Project UMA, Delft University of Technology  
  • 2015
    Graduation Project – Revived beauty: researching aesthetic pleasure in materials experience to valorise waste in design. 
  • 2013 – 2015
    Student assistant of Elvin Karana, material library Made of..., Delft University of Technology 
  • 2013
    Internship, design assistant of Marco Sousa Santos, Branca Lisboa, Lisbon

Field of research

  • Circular economy
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Product design
  • Materials