2503, 2021

The Mechanical Engineering program at Saxion University of Applied Sciences has a plastics module in which students learn about the various processing techniques for plastics. This used to be a purely theoretical matter, but the practical at TPAC should change this. The most commonly used plastic processing technique is injection moulding. Lecturer / researcher Remi Hoefman: “At [...]

1103, 2021

TPAC partners in University of Twente-led consortium Over the next few years, Saxion TPAC partners in a University of Twente-led consortium that will be working on research into technological innovations with real economic potential that could help us to achieve a more sustainable world. The research project ENLIGHTEN (Enabling Integrated Lightweight Structures In High Volumes) aims [...]

403, 2021

Fourth-year mechatronics students Rene Groeneveld and Rutger Venekatte from the ROC Hengelo are doing an internship at Saxion's TPAC in Enschede.   “Our internship is not actually about plastics or composites. We are more involved as a technical service for the installations at TPAC”, says Venekatte. A range of machines and test setups have been installed and [...]

1902, 2021

Research at TPAC shows processing possibilities for scrap wood  ENSCHEDE - In October 2019 research center Saxion TPAC together with recycling company Rouwmaat and Innodeen, an innovator of plastic- and plastic composite products, started the project B–hout Behoud (B-wood Preservation). Based on the thought that recycled wood should not be incinerated but re-used, the partners developed a way [...]

2311, 2020

ACTK-director Meihuizen: weaving future materials In the city of Enschede - once world’s second-largest textile city – almost all textile weaving companies have gone, except ACTK. But also the future of this long-standing weaving company is at stake. Director Coert Meihuizen now invests in development and co-operates with TPAC of Saxion. “We cannot keep on going with [...]

1910, 2020

Corona rules forced mechanics-lecturer Cees Besteman and his colleagues to make laminates out of glass-fiber composite for their minor-students. Cees Besteman mechatronics lecturer at the academy LED. With his colleagues Jos ter Laak and Peter Wichers Schreur, he takes care of the minor AMPE. The Advanced Materials and Production Engineering (AMPE) minor, originated from the minor [...]

1609, 2020

TPAC will be present at SAMPE Europe 2020 in Amsterdam! On this conference and exhibiton companies and institutes are presenting  their most recent applications and innovations in composites materials and processes. If you have an interest in processing, automation, recycling or any other TPC related subject, come meet TPAC at the Dutch Composite Fieldlabs Pavilion at SAMPE Europe [...]

1206, 2020

World's first flying fully recycled thermoplastic composite application in aerospace. TPAC is proud to announce that the demonstrator product of our TPC-Cycle project has officially been flight tested. This rotocraft access panel is made from recycled carbon PPS, utilising a novel recycling route, the panel is lighter and more cost-effective. This demonstrator panel thus is the world's first [...]

1803, 2020

Dear reader, Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Saxion University of Applied Sciences has closed down completely its facilities as of Tuesday 17 March 2020. With this, Saxion aims at minimising the health risks for the students and employees. This effectively means that also we at TPAC can no longer access our office and lab space and [...]

503, 2020

First year mechanical engineering students were introduced to injection molding during their practical for ‘non-ferro materials and production’. This class is part of the newly developed mechanical engineering curriculum. Here students look at the entire process of injection molding. This included theory about designing injection molding parts, molds, simulations of the actual injection molding, and the effects of the [...]

302, 2020

The project “(B-)hout behoud” (wood preservation) with partners Innodeen and Rouwmaat Groep has started.  The project aims at manufacturing wood-fibre composite from B-wood - construction wood waste material that is currently incinerated. It studies the shredding of the materials to obtain fibres from B-wood, mix these into wood fibre composites, make profiles and evaluate their use in a construction application. [...]

1111, 2019

7 October was the kick-off for the FIXAR project. The main question is 'How can the aviation- and windenergy sector make composites repair economically viable by applying automated technologies?' To answer this question, TPAC, part of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, joined a consortium with Dutch aviation- and wind energy SMEs, CompositesNL, and the InHolland and Amsterdam Universities [...]

1609, 2019

We are proud to announce that the TPC-Cycle access panel demonstrator is selected as finalist for the CAMX Unsurpassed innovation award. The access panel is made from recycled C/PPS waste material and more lightweight and cost-effective than the virgin solution. The panel is designed in collaboration with GKN Fokker and other TPC-Cycle partners: TPRC, TorayAC, DTC, CATO composites, [...]

1002, 2019

TPAC proudly joins the ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform and aims at expanding collaboration within Europe for its partners. ECP4 is an industry-driven collaboration that unites members from 13 countries amongst the top-level European research institutions, regional plastic clusters, and EU-level industrial organisations of plastics and composites converters. ECP4 brings innovation partners together to [...]

2101, 2019

Sustainable thinking and environmental awareness are growing for societal and economic reasons. Therefore the reuse of reclaimed and bio-based materials receives increasing attention. Recently, the TPAC concluded the DECOREC project co-financed by the Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA). The project was executed in collaboration with Tiwánee van der Horst and Gebr. van der Geest. The main objective was [...]

612, 2018

On BNR nieuwsradio, Ilse ten Bruggencate explains her graduation assignment on the safety shoe nose cap. She designed, manufactured and tested the nose cap to showcase the possibilities of the TPC-cycle project. In the news item, she tells about the approach to make a highly loaded critical product form recycled material. More about the safety shoe nose can [...]

211, 2018

Saxion graduation student develops safety shoe nose made of thermoplastic composites waste Mechanical engineering student Ilse ten Bruggencate designed and tested during her Bachelor thesis assignment a safety shoe nose made of thermoplastic composite waste. The objective of her research was to investigate whether a safety shoe nose that meets the requirements of the heaviest category can be [...]

1710, 2018

TPAC and TPRC developed a new recycling process for thermoplastic composites offering high mechanical performance and design freedom at low cost. With the growth of applications and production of thermoplastic composites, the amount of generated scrap increases and reaches substantial volumes. Considering the high commercial value of this material as well as legal and environmental reasons, the development [...]

2009, 2018

On Friday 14th of September, the new lab facilities of the recently founded ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC) are opened by Anka Mulder, the president of Saxion, University of Applied Sciences. The lab features new processing equipment enabling it’s focus on cost-effective processing and application of thermoplastic composites. At the same time the inauguration of Ferrie van Hattum [...]

409, 2018

Celebrating 5 years of Lightweight Structures: Opening TPAC lab facilities and inaugural speech On 14th September 2018 there is enough to celebrate. The research group Lightweight Structures celebrates its 5th anniversary, the inaugural speech of Ferrie van Hattum, professor Lightweight Structures takes place and the new lab facilities of the Thermoplastic composite Application Center (TPAC) are officially opened. [...]

905, 2018

Saxion, TPAC and HAN have started a 2-year project on a lightweight automotive suspension. Several activities have been started after the kickoff of the project Lightweight Automotive Suspension (LAS).  This 2 year project will answer the question: What are the application possibilities of thermoplastic composites in highly loaded safety critical automotive components for serial production?   [...]

904, 2018

TPAC exhibited opportunities to plastics industry on NKC 2018. On the 5th of April 2018, the TPAC participated in the National Plastics Conference (Nationaal Kunststoffen Congres) in Steenwijk, the Netherlands. During the sessions, prof. Ferrie van Hattum explained about the interesting potential of thermoplastic materials. The majority of visitors had their background in the plastics converting industry. Particularly [...]

2903, 2018

Workshop "APPLICATION OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES" organized at the Saxion FabLab Enschede A workshop “Application of Thermoplastic Composites” was organized by TPAC and held on Wednesday March 14 at the Saxion FabLab Enschede. The workshop comprised of two parts, the first part was on the FabLab and 3D printing or FDM in general, the second part was on the [...]

2303, 2018

The Sampe Benelux bridge contest is won by students of the Saxion Lightweight Structures research group. Ilse, Matthew, Lennart and Jelle, students of the minor course Lightweight Structures, won the Sampe Benelux bridge contest. Composite bridges were designed and manufactured by engineering students from technical universities and universities of applied sciences located in Belgium and The Netherlands. Besides [...]

112, 2017

Interested visitors, entrepreneurs and companies were welcomed in new TPAC facility. The ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC) opened its doors from the 29th November to the 1st December and welcomed interested visitors, entrepreneurs and companies. The event was organised by Start!Saxion and was supported by Novel-T and TechForFuture. Visitors could visit the laboratory, learn about research executed [...]



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