3D Additive Nanomanufacturing

Themes: High Tech, Software technology & Intelligent systems

Late lab scale demonstration

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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The structure of an object from nano to macro level determines its functionality and properties. Additive manufacturing techniques at the very small scale opens up new dimensions of design freedom.


We wish to develop the processes and tools for 3D multi-material structuring across length scales, i.e. from nano to macro. Also, computational design methods/topology optimisation techniques are needed to make maximal use of the freedom in fabrication. The new functionality this fabrication and design platform generates must be related to challenging applications.


Computational design methods are already well-developed and are approaching market entrance. Processes and tools for 3D nanostructuring are in an early stage. The fabrication and design competences we wish to develop will allow entirely new approaches to designing advanced materials and devices.

Dr. ir. Marcel Tichem


Dr. Murali Ghatkesar

Dr. ir. Matthijs Langelaar