Student at Saxion TPAC developed reuse composite tape

New opportunities for application rejected production material CompTape, a Dutch supplier of thermoplastic composite tape, was looking for a solution to also enter the market for compression moulded products in the composite world and, at the same time, find a sustainable destination for its rejected material.  This company now supplies glass fiber reinforced plastic ‘tape on the roll’ [...]

May 25th, 2021|

Student team iFall from TU Delft wins design competition 3D printed tower

Enschede - The student team iFall from Delft University of Technology won the competition for additive manufacturing that was organized by SAMPE Benelux. Student teams from the Benelux were invited by the organization SAMPE Benelux to participate in a competition in the field of additive manufacturing. Six teams from TU Delft (NL) and University Ghent (B)  participated and [...]

May 25th, 2021|

Ferrie van Hattum on the ‘Nationale Autoshow’ of BNR news radio

On the 'Nationale Autoshow' of BNR nieuwsradio, Ferrie van Hattum explains how cars can be lighter in the future, by using composite materials. He explains how research in the 3D Faim and FIBREREC project lead to a industrial automotive demonstrator made 100% from recycled plastic. Did you miss the interview? You can listen to it here. A previous [...]

May 18th, 2021|

Research provides promising opportunities for high-value applications of recycled plastics

Automotive composite demonstrator made out of 100 percent recycled plastic ENSCHEDE - The TPAC laboratory of Saxion University of Applied Sciences recently presented the results of a three-year study, into the possibilities of using plastic recyclates in fiber-reinforced composite products. Many promising results have been achieved, one of the most important being the first-time automotive demonstrator, an example [...]

May 14th, 2021|

Online injection molding practice in TPAC

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 [...]

March 25th, 2021|

Over €6 million for Perspective programme ENLIGHTEN: lighter vehicles

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 [...]

March 11th, 2021|

ROC-Mechatronics students intern at TPAC

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 [...]

March 4th, 2021|

Recycled wood good basis for fibres in plastic composites

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 [...]

February 19th, 2021|

Textile weaving company seeks future in novel composite materials

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 [...]

November 23rd, 2020|

Lecturers make test samples for their minor students

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 [...]

October 19th, 2020|

TPAC present at SAMPE Europe 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 [...]

September 16th, 2020|

Rotocraft access panel from recycled carbon PPS

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 [...]

June 12th, 2020|

TPAC temporarily closed

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 [...]

March 18th, 2020|

Practical injection molding

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 [...]

March 5th, 2020|

Kick-off (b-)hout behoud

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. [...]

February 3rd, 2020|

Kick-off FIXAR

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 [...]

November 11th, 2019|

CAMX Unsurpassed innovation award

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, [...]

September 16th, 2019|

TPAC joins European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform

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 [...]

February 10th, 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 [...]

January 21st, 2019|


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 [...]

December 6th, 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 [...]

November 2nd, 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 [...]

October 17th, 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 [...]

September 20th, 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. [...]

September 4th, 2018|

KICKOFF Lightweight Automotive Suspension

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?   [...]

May 9th, 2018|


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