Our expertise in flexible and free-form products

Flexible and free-form products

Flexible and free-form products are the key to pioneering technologies and applications that will create new value chains and improve people's overall health. We have been active in this field for over 25 years and have built up the knowledge, the expertise, and the network to develop revolutionary products and to support and advance the entire industry ecosystem.

Expertise that helps to move forward

We have a proven track record of developing the latest flexible and free-form products, which is why we are recognised as one of the leaders in this field. We also have many different innovation models that we can tailor to a company's specific needs and ambitions.
This, combined with an entire ecosystem of partners and a side-by-side working relationship with clients, makes us ideally suited to support companies in the development of products and innovations. We offer much more than reports and research. We can even produce proof-of-concept models and viable products.

We contribute our vast knowledge and extensive network to address the industry's biggest challenges. Whether we are part of one-on-one collaborations or larger consortia, our primary goal is to advance the industry and to improve people's health and well-being through technology.

Flexible electronics

At Holst Centre, we apply our expertise to develop hybrid printed electronics and thin-film electronics that make the future of flexible electronics a reality today. With an extensive infrastructure and ecosystem, Holst Centre applies its expertise in flexible electronics to deliver pioneering innovations in applications ranging from solid-state batteries to ‘Internet of Things’ devices and medical aids.

Customised health and nutrition

3D printing technology to customise food and medicine may be new to the market, but we have been working on the technology that makes it possible for decades. Whether it's our own research into 3D Pharma printing or the work of the Digital Food Processing Initiative in the field of 3D printed food, our expertise contributes to a healthier future for us all.

Flexible and free-form products help shape the future of the industry and human development and health. But only with the right partners, the right network, and the right expertise we can bring this pioneering technology to the forefront. We are eager to put our decades of expertise to work for you and to advance the entire industry together, innovation after innovation.

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TNO launches digital health spin-off AIKON Health for wearable monitoring

13 September 2023

TNO launches digital health spin-off AIKON Health for wearable monitoring.

UK MasterChef winner Tim Anderson experiments with 3D printed pasta

9 August 2022

The winner of MasterChef UK series 7, Tim Anderson, experiments with 3D printed pasta from BluRhapsody, a collaboration between Italian pasta makers Barilla and TNO. The results were satisfactory. Kjeld van Bommel, senior consultant 3D Food and Pharma Printing at TNO, explains how the triple collaboration took shape.

Food pharma printing


In new Additive Manufacturing laboratories, we’re engaged in development and experiments to improve 3D printing of food and pharmaceuticals.

The future of 3D-printed food made possible

Together with DFPI, we’re taking the lead in research to establish whether 3D-printed foodstuffs are the food of the future.

3D printing for flexible production of personalised medicine

Tailor-made solutions in drug development are often costly and difficult. One solution is 3D printing of personalised medicines.