TNOTNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3500 and an annual turnover of 500 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following seven themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Information Society, and Defence , Safety and Security. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations. In the theme of Industrial Innovation applied research is carried out for a wide range of industrial branches. The expertise covers the whole process from basic (material) research, design and engineering to manufacturing and testing of products and systems. The focus is on innovation in the areas of high-tech systems and materials. The department of Additive Manufacturing is a world-leading innovation group, creating leading-edge processes and high-precision system concepts for layerwise material deposition and bring these innovations to the market, targeting at OEM companies, materials companies, producers of end-user products, and end-users.
The layer-wise deposition is seen as a holy grail for many applications, like flexible and large-area printed electronics, integrated products and will also be applied for ADDFactor.