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


3d Printers
Rapid Prototyping


Bernard, A., Tompson, M. K., Moroni, G., Vaneker, T. H. J., & Barlier, C. (2019). Functional, Technical and Economical Requirements Integration for Additive Manufacturing Design Education. In E. Pei, M. Monzon, & A. Bernard (Eds.), Additive Manufacturing – Developments in Training and Education (pp. 171-185). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76084-1_12
Kals, H. J. J., Buiting-Csikos, C., Dewulf, W., Lauwers, B., Ponsen, J. M., Streppel, T., & Vaneker, T. H. J. (2018). Materiaal aangroeitechnieken. In Industriele productie (6 ed.). Boom Publishers.
Wits, W. W., Carmignato, S., Zanini, F., & Vaneker, T. H. J. (2016). Porosity testing methods for the quality assessment of selective laser melted parts. CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, 65(1), 201-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.cirp.2016.04.054
Tompson, M. K., Moroni, G., Vaneker, T. H. J., Fadel, G., Campbell, I., Gibson, I., ... Martina, F. (2016). Design for Additive Manufacturing: Trends, opportunities, considerations, and constraints. CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, 65(2), 737-760. DOI: 10.1016/j.cirp.2016.05.004
Cavallucci, D., Cascini, G., Duflou, J., Livotov, P., & Vaneker, T. (2015). TRIZ and knowledge-based innovation in science and industry. Procedia engineering, 131, 1-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.12.341

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