The first self-driving trucks
Self-driving cars are the future in Automotive. Next to the fully automatic and self-driving Toyota Prius, TNO recently came up with the concept of self-driving trucks, in order to increase on-the-road safety and to stimulate traffic flow. In collaboration with DAF Trucks, TNO strives to make technology for self-driving trucks commercially available in the next five years and has designed a test program for self-driving trucks on public roads. As a senior systems engineer, Employeneur Ben Schueler participates in this project and plays an important role in the development of the first self-driving trucks in The Netherlands. ‘I started…Read more...
Cell: Manufacturing support
Holiday greetings from a 3D printer
“What do you do when you want to learn something in which there is no training available? Well, why not organize it yourself!?” This thought is what started the outline for the 3D printing challenge held for two nights in November. A dedicated group of Employeneurs took up the task of organizing a training on a subject on which they had barely any knowledge. Because, even though we all heard of 3D printing, there seems to be a lot confusion and disagreement about its possibilities. 3D printing is viewed as an intriguing and futuristic way of producing, what…Read more...
The future of 3D printing
“We are a young, growing company that made some good choices. Our 3D printer is well suited for where the market is right now. For small businesses that already draw in 3D, such as architects and designers, our printer allows them to immediately see what their design looks like. It is perfect for printing prototypes and models. And it speeds up their design process. But it’s also great for consumers who want a product that they can tweak and personalize.” John van Rooy works at Felix Printers, a young company that produces and sells 3D printers and was founded by…Read more...
Inspiring TMC Renewables Workshop
On January 15, TMC Renewables organized an inspiring evening program about the technological developments and outstanding challenges of offshore wind power. The renewables workshop was held at the TNO building on the campus of the TU Delft, an excellent location for this program. Harald van der Mijle Meijer, senior Business Developer Offshore Wind at TNO, was the host of the program. He started with a brief introduction on offshore wind power and the introduction of two experts: Professor Gijs van Kuik and Dr. Ernst van Zuijlen. In their presentations, they stressed the importance of wind power to our society…Read more...
Maarten Steinbuch on the future of robotics
‘A robot to re-attach your finger to your hand’. This month, Deloitte calculated that in the Netherlands alone 2 to 3 million jobs could be lost to robots, and even Dutch Vice Prime Minister Asscher warned about job losses due to robots. Maarten Steinbuch (54) is professor of Control Systems Technology at the Technical University in Eindhoven (TU/e). His incredible track record puts him at the top of his field. He and his group at the TU/e are famous for, amongst other things, their work on robotics for healthcare. Not only that, they are currently World Champions in robotic…Read more...
Sports, Statistics, Psychology
Feb 10 2015
For a long time, Jeroen Blok has been following sports as well as the statistics describing these sports. In the pursuit of linking what he saw with the numbers, he followed a lot of American sports, as statistical analysis on sports is more common in the US. One reason this interests him is that this gives some insight in how people manage to reach the top of their profession. Something we are all more or less trying to achieve ourselves. A book by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim describes a number of phenomena perceived to occur in sports, checks…Read more...
Pizzasession Chemical West: NANOMATERIAL SAFETY
Jan 22 2015
The safety of nanomaterials is a rising issue as they are used and developed to larger extends by industry, and research centers. So far very little is known about the safety of nanoparticles and their agglomerates (clusters). Traditional chemical health risk assessment cannot be applied due to their unique size and properties. Therefore, new methods and tests on the hazard of these materials need to be developed in order to be able to classify and label them. Exposure to these materials during synthesis, handling and use is also hard to assess and predict. In this presentation the most important aspects…Read more...
Pizza Session: 3D foodprinting
Jan 28 2015
TMC Nanotechnology would like to invite you to a pizza session that is being presented by Dolf Klomp about: 3D foodprinting Imagine eating your favorite food, imagine its shape, taste, texture and nutritional are all exactly matched to your individual needs and preferences and freshly 3D printed. TNO started researching the shaping of food with 3D printing technologies, resulting in successful collaborations with food designers and manufacturers. I would like to tell you about the technology behind 3D food printing and the current state of the technology which is farther than most people think. Attached you can find more information…Read more...