dr.ir. T.H.J. Vaneker (Tom)

Associate Professor

About Me

T.H.J. Vaneker is member of the Manufacturing Systems group of DPM. His main research interest are directed towards 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing (Design for AM, development of AM processes, research and improvement of mainstream AM processes) and Industrial Robotics (factory automation strategies, smart manufacturing). He is the program director of the PDEng Robotics and is member of CIRP, the international academy for production engineering.

New research projects include

  • 3D2SKY (AM of Inconel for aerospace applications; start December 2017),
  • Aim2XL (AM of large metal components; start January 2018) and
  • NextUPPS (Development of integrated design methodologies for Ultra Personalized Products and Services).

Teaching activities are concentrated in the bachelor and master phase of Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


Engineering & Materials Science
3d Printers
Process Planning
Rapid Prototyping


Mehrpouya, M., Tuma, D. , Vaneker, T., Afrasiabi, M., Bambach, M., & Gibson, I. (2022). Multimaterial powder bed fusion techniques. Rapid prototyping journal, 28(11), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-01-2022-0014
Vaneker, T. H. J., & Laoh, S. (2021). Improving the Construction of RCA+ contradiction Trees. In Y. Borgianni, S. Brad, D. Cavallucci, & P. Livotov (Eds.), Creative Solutions for a Sustainable Development - 21st International TRIZ Future Conference, TFC 2021, Proceedings (pp. 209-219). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 635 IFIP). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86614-3_17
Murtezaoglu, F. Y. (2021). Process planning for multi-axis additive manufacturing. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036552097
Rios Vargas, L. (2020). Design of a robotized welding cell for sheet metal products assembling in a single-piece flow process configuration. [EngD Thesis, University of Twente]. University of Twente.
Vaneker, T., Bernard, A., Moroni, G., Gibson, I., & Zhang, Y. (2020). Design for additive manufacturing: Framework and methodology. CIRP Annals, 69(2), 578-599. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2020.05.006

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W234
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W234
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands