Next-Generation Food & Pharma Printing Capabilities

Additive Manufacturing – or 3D printing – of food and pharmaceuticals has been recognised as a potentially market-changing advancement in health and nutrition. TNO has been developing Additive Manufacturing expertise for more than 30 years. And the Food & Pharma Printing Expertise Group is ready to put that expertise to work for you. We can support you in developing the food and pharmaceutical products your customer is asking for.

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EfAM / Additive Manufacturing

Beyond commercial printing

Although the technology available for 3D printing has advanced significantly in recent years, TNO focuses on developing solutions that reach beyond the capabilities of commercially available printers. When speed or accuracy need to increase, or processes need to be improved in order to give the final product a desired functionality, TNO will assemble the right team to address the challenge.

Broad-scale expertise

Successful Additive Manufacturing of food and pharmaceuticals requires far more than just technological and equipment expertise. That’s why, in addition to equipment design and engineering, system engineering and control/software engineering, TNO also focuses on process engineering and business consultancy. By truly understanding your products, the effect of the printing process on various materials, and the specific needs of your target audience, we can design a holistic solution that is tailored to your specific needs and objectives.

In our two state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing labs, TNO develops and experiments with setups to address the various 3D printing challenges in food and pharma.

TNO multi nozzle extrusion set-up

State-of-the-art extrusion printing

TNO has developed a set-up for high-force and high-speed extrusion printing that exceeds commercially available limits. Our multi-nozzle printhead platform allows printing with multiple materials simultaneously.

And our experimental printhead platform explores the potential of novel extrusion concepts for continuous and large-scale production. No matter what your printing ambitions, TNO has the equipment you need to experiment, and to design a system for them.

Expert-level powderbed printing

Our flexible powderbed platform is built to research and print a wide variety of liquid and powder classes. With automatic powder deposition and several different printheads for droplet generation, exploring the possibilities of food and pharma printing have never been more diverse. In addition, laser sintering capabilities are also available on these set-ups.

Where knowledge and technology meet

TNO Powder Based Printing technology

For more than three decades, TNO has been developing the knowledge, expertise, equipment and network to address the most complex challenges of the 3D-printing domain.

Whether you are searching for a consortium partner to drive the entire market forward, or a private partner to advance your own 3D-printing capabilities, TNO can offer the facilities, advice and expertise you need to push beyond state-of-the-art and achieve unprecedented levels of success.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Open for new partnerships

Contact us today to find out how we can help

TNO Insights

Making customised medication with a 3D printer

23 July 2020
Children are often given the same medication as adults, but in much lower doses. However, most medicines are not manufactured with this in mind. But now, thanks to 3D printing technology, it is possible... Read more
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Pieter Debrauwer