Internship | 3D food and pharma printing



Education type

higher professional education (hbo),university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

TNO has been active in the area of 3D printing for over 20 years. Initially 3D printing was used for technical applications (general prototyping, aerospace & automotive engineering) and employed a limited set of materials, typically various types of plastics and metals. 3D printing, however, is finding its way into new areas and over the past years TNO has become the world leader in the area of 3D food printing. Food printing not only enables the creation of novel products with interesting shapes, but it also allows the creation of fully personalized nutrition or the creation of novel (micro)structures that can lead to new food textures and food experiences. In addition to food printing, TNO has also entered the field of 3D Pharma printing as 3D printing holds great promise for the creation of new oral dosage forms (tablets, capsules, etc.) with improved or new functionalities related to drug release, personalization of drug load, multi-drug tablets (“polypills”), and many other aspects.

The research that is carried out at TNO is very multidisciplinary as it covers all aspects of 3D food and pharma printing, and hence requires many types of expertise:
  • Equipment – how to develop new or adapt existing equipment in order to improve the printing;
  • Process – what are the optimal 3D printing processes and process settings for a specific material or product
  • Software – how can we define new, multimaterial structures; improve equipment performance; increase printing efficiency; design a multilevel user interface; etc.;
  • Material and formulation – which ingredients and recipes work best for a specific printing technology or in order to achieve a certain functionality;
  • Product – what are the mechanical, (micro)structural, and other properties of the printed product and how do they relate to the various process parameters.
The 3D food and pharma printing research carried out at TNO takes place within a series of projects ranging from bilateral projects with large companies, to co-development and EU projects with consortia of partners. 

What do we require of you?

If you are studying mechatronics, mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, software, (food and pharma) materials, product development, design, or if you feel that you have something to offer to our team, please apply for an internship!

The minimal duration of this internship is 3 months and it can start at any time. We will decide the exact project content together. It will depend on your background and interests, as well as the research questions being addressed in the projects running at that particular moment. What you can, however, be sure of is that the project will comprise state-of-the-art exploratory research on a ground breaking topic that has the potential to dramatically change the areas of food and pharma.

During your internship you will be working on your own topic as a member of an enthusiastic, multidisciplinary team. Internships are available on multiple levels (university and other) and include short and long term projects (15 weeks to 1 year). As mentioned in the previous section, many types of expertise are required in order to develop new 3D printing equipment, products, and applications.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is the largest contract research organization of the Netherlands (3000+ FTE). TNO carries out contract and joint development projects on a large number of topics for a variety of large national and international companies as well as SME’s. The 3D food and pharma printing internship will take place within the department Equipment for Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), where needed in collaboration with other relevant departments within TNO or at our other partners.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Mathijs Schipper, de
Phone number:

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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