Internship | 3D Printing of Personalized Nutrition



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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At TNO Equipment for Additive Manufacturing we work on innovative 3D printing solutions together with our partners. One such topic our department focusses on is 3D food printing. 3D Printing offers the opportunity to provide personalized nutrition, at remote locations, for individuals to perform at their best. With that in mind the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, TNO and WUR have signed a collaborative agreement to advance this technology beyond the current state-of-the-art. Within this project, personalized food products are developed by using 3D printing technology developed by TNO. In the current stage, food formulations and printing behavior are investigated. At a later stage, novel and personalized prototype products are defined and need to be validated. These prototypes are validated on several printing platforms. One such platform is a commercial 3D food printer available to all partners within the project. This will allow for a close collaboration between partners and will make optimal use of the digital nature of 3D food printing, as products made on one location can be digitally transferred and then locally recreated on another location. The other setup is a multinozzle prototype setup developed by TNO Equipment for Additive Manufacturing. By validating all prints on the TNO multinozzle printer it will be ensured that next steps such as scale up, as well as the printing of more complex products will be covered, as the TNO multinozzle printer will form the basis for the next generation printer that will be developed in a new project with the Dutch Ministry of Defense as well as other partners.

What will be your role?

  • Performing printing experiments with the required dough formulation, as well as improving where needed (in collaboration with WUR).
  • Develop protocols for printing and post processing.
  • Making 3D designs and write gcodes, and experimentally validate them.
  • Develop prototype food products and validate them on both the commercial printer setup as well as the multinozzle printer.
  • Reporting the results

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

  • Independently performing print experiments after receiving instruction of the machine
  • Devise iterations and perform optimization steps
  • Clearly describe and transfer protocols
  • Technical insight

What you’ll get in return

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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Contact: Chris Verhoeven
Phone number: +31 (0)6 150 33066

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


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