Equipment for Additive Manufacturing (EFAM)

The department Equipment for Additive Manufacturing (EfAM) develops cutting-edge technology and high-precision machine concepts for 3D printing and layer-wise material deposition. These technologies are seen as a holy grail for many applications, like large-area and printed electronics, integrated products, mechatronics, pharmaceutics, personalized and high-nutrition food.

Machine to print parts

EfAM has more than 10 year experience with developing additive manufacturing technologies, like jetting and printing of high-viscous materials, patterning of photo-sensitive materials, stereo lithography technology, 3D printing, printing of metal structures, laser printing and structuring, thin film deposition and patterning, food printing and encapsulation printing. We have a track record of successful technology transfers to our business partners. Based on a broad technology basis, we define the functional and customer requirement specifications, translate these into innovative concepts, develop together with academic and industrial partners machine prototypes and transfer the developed technologies to our industrial partners. The core disciplines of the EfAM research group comprises control engineering, mechanical engineering, system engineering, mechatronics, print engineering, thermo-fluid engineering, process development, and project management.

Our expertise

Within the department Equipment for Additive Manufacturing, we develop cutting-edge technology and high-precision machine concepts for 3D printing and layer-wise material deposition:

  • Fast-ALD: development of large-area and R2R machine concepts for a fast (spatial) atomic layer deposition (ALD). The technology is used for printed electronics, OLED, solar, flexible displays and LED.
  • Digital light processing: development of stereo-lithography technology for 3D manufacturing, among others, jewelry, prototyping, dental applications and hearing aids.
  • High-viscous jetting: technology for printing of high-viscous materials for 3D printing, prototyping, smart electronics, sensors, food and pharmaceutics.
  • Laser printing and structuring: technology for printing, structuring, selective ablation and laser conversion (like laser sintering).

Applications and impact

Detail printmachine

Examples of impact:

  • LEPUS: development of a fast digital light processing technology for the 3D printing of products, among others jewelry and hearing aids. The technology was transferred to a company and is currently successfully commercialized.
  • Fast-ALD: development of a spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology for high-speed deposition of functional materials on rigid substrates. The technology is 100 times faster than conventional ALD. The technology is currently commercialized via the spin-out company SoLayTec for the deposition of passivation layers in crystalline solar cells.
  • High Viscosity Jetting (HVJ): development of a high-viscous printing technology for multi-material printing applications. Recently, the technology was integrated in a manufacturing technology demonstration platform (PrintValley).
Our work

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Expertise groups

Pieter Debrauwer



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