Building bridges from science to practice:

Augmenting Digital Manufacturing from a Human-Centered Design Perspective

Computational design and robotic labor are ever too often perceived as completely autonomous processes, whereas we believe the engagement of people is key in improving society. The human-in-the-loop during design, manufacturing, and use will be the main focus in this lab, co-founded by MX3D, the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) and TU Delft. Located on the MX3D premises in Amsterdam, the aim of the 3D Building Fieldlab is to accumulate and experiment with digital fabrication and robotics for the built environment, with a particular focus on human centered design. To face this, we also need to address key challenges on robotics, 3D modeling, and metallurgic engineering.

This research is framed in a novel interdisciplinary format in which designers, engineers, and scientists jointly develop & test solutions. As such, the 3D Building Fieldlab is indeed bridging scientific knowledge with the ambitious challenges that are expressed by MX3D. We will host student groups, ranging from academic institutes to vocational training.  A permanent Embedded Scientist will focus on the academic agenda in line with the production process of MX3D. The FieldLab’s Principal Investigator will make an effort to include innovative science of relevant research disciplines.

Topics for the initial year in the 3D Building FieldLab include:

  • Novel design principles through robotics & 3D modeling, to be compiled in a digital design repository.
  • Development and testing of agile, iterative development methods (as opposed to the traditional product development processes). Although there is a process known to , we still need to  Results of this will be presented during a symposium, planned in the second half of 2016.
  • Life cycle analysis and benchmarking methods of Wire & Arc Additive Manufacturing, to be published in scientific articles.


If you have a particular question regarding the science behind MX3D, or would like to collaborate, or participate in a student project please send us a note.

Jouke Verlinden, assistant professor Augmented  Matter in Context, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, Research associate of the Delft Robotics Institute and project leader at AMS Institute.


Personal profile: Jouke Verlinden

About AMS Institute

Amsterdam is the Living Lab for AMS Institute, a new ambitious scientific institute where science, education, government, business partners, and societal organizations are working tightly together to create solutions for the complex challenges a metropolitan region like Amsterdam is facing. AMS Institute is anchored in the unique cooperation and commitment of three prominent universities in the field of applied sciences: TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT.


About TU Delft

TU Delft is a Dutch university of technology with over 17,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. In the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education ranking, TU Delft ranked among the top 40 worldwide in engineering and technology, and among the top 100 worldwide overall. The university explicitly aims at developing solutions for societal problems, creating value for the economy, and improving the quality of life of citizens. TU Delft is one of the main education centers behind the internationally acclaimed Dutch tradition of urban design. While maintaining a wide range of research in engineering and design, it has defined specific focus areas on energy, environment, transport & mobility, and health.