Informatie medewerker T.H.J. Vaneker (Tom)

Assistant Professor Design Engineering





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Research topics

Design of Aluminum Extrusion dies


Process development for Layered Manufacturing

Intelligent & safe use of Robotics

Professional History


Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. The topic of the master thesis was to enrich a finite element program for nonlinear metal deformation with a material model for injection molding of plastics.




Phd in mechanical engineering from the University of Twente (2001; Development of an Integrated Design Tool for Aluminium Extrusion Dies). During the dissertation work a support tool for extrusion die designers was developed and tested. The tool both minimized the design efforts as increased the quality of the design and resulting extrusion process.




Ass. Professor at the University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology. Within this faculty the main educational activities are related to Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design. The current main research topic include TRIZ and Rapid Manufacturing ( )




Member of the board of Manufuture is an European organization which mission is to propose, develop and implement a strategy based on Research and Innovation, capable of speeding up the rate of industrial transformation to high-added-value products, processes and services, securing high-skills employment and winning a major share of world Manufacturing output in the future knowledge-driven economy. is the Dutch branch of this organization.( ; )




Associate member of CIRP. CIRP is the International Academy for Production Engineering. To envision to promote research and development among its members from Academia and Industry to contribute to the global economic growth and well-being of society by developing the highest level international network of eminent Researchers and Industrialists for the purpose of marshalling their knowledge and insights (


Organizer of the TRIZ Future conference, Synthesis in Innovation. Held from 5-7 November 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands. 78 Participants presented 35 papers on both the scientific as the practical aspects of TRIZ.


Board member of ETRIA. ETRIA is the acronym that stands for European TRIZ association. ETRIA intends to function as a connecting link between industrial companies, institutions, educational organizations and individuals concerned with conceptual questions pertaining to organization and processing of innovation knowledge. (


President of ETRIA, the European TRIZ association. During this period as an co-organizer involved in several TRIZ conferences and was editor of the conference proceedings




Board member Rapid Manufacturing Center. Rapid manufacturing is one of the fasted growing production technologies. It has been identified as the trend to watch for the coming years. The Rapid manufacturing center intends to be a platform for knowledge and innovation on rapid manufacturing. It does so by setting up an independent cooperation network between knowledge institutions, nonprofit organizations and commercial parties. ( )

Educational tasks

Courses & Project work

Several courses for Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Mechanical Engineering(ME) and Sustainable Engineering Technology (SET)


Introduction to FEM for IDE (IDE)


Design Methodology (SET)


Manufacturing 4 (IDE); production 2 (IDE)


Project: Realization of products (IDE)


TRIZ Fundamentals (IDE & ME)


TRIZ Assignments (IDE & ME)


Construction Technology (IDE)


Rapid Manufacturing (IDE & ME; in preparation)


Several educational project in the bachelor phase of IDE

Bachelor & Master assignments

3 PHD students


Members of 40+ examination committees on master and bachelor level

Member of 3 PhD examination boards


Member of the Educational board of mechanical engineering








The development of a die design support system for aluminium extrusion. Nilsen, K.E., Kals, H.J.J., Houten, F.J.A.M. van, & Vaneker, T.H.J. (1999). In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technology of Plasticity (ICTP) (pp. 309-314). Nürnberg, Germany


K.E. Nilsen, P.T.G. Koenis, F.J.A.M. Houten, T.H.J. Vaneker, Development of a 3D Design Tool for Aluminum Extrusion, ET2000, Proceedings of the 7th International Aluminum Extrusion Seminar, vol. 2, Chicago, IL (2000), pp. 245–250


Development of an Integrated Design Tool for Aluminum Extrusion Dies, THJ Vaneker - Print Partner Ipskamp, Enschede, Netherlands, 2001, ISBN: 90-365-1672-2


What-if’ design: a synthesis method in the design process Original Research Article CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 53, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 113-116 D. Lutters, T.H.J. Vaneker, F.J.A.M. van Houten


What-if design: A preliminary architecture and a survey of the main constituting elements.

Gunnar Hittorf, Tom Vaneker & Fred van Houten. In Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering. TMCE 2004, Lausanne Switzerland, P 453


What-if Design as a Synthesizing Working Method in Product Design Original Research Article, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 55, Issue 1, 2006, Pages 131-134, T.H.J. Vaneker, F.J.A.M. van Houten


'What-if-design'; An illustration of applicability in the field of mechanical design. Vaneker, T.H.J., Lutters, D., Hittorf, G., & Houten, F.J.A.M. van. In Dimitrov, D. Du Preez, N. & Wijck, W. van (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA '04) (pp. 235-240). Stellenbosch, South Africa. (2004)


A CAD Module for Automatically Generating Complex Sink-in Shapes for Aluminium Extrusion Dies. G. Ouwerkerk van, T.H.J. Vaneker, F.J.A.M. Houten van; CIRP ISMS: The Morphology of Innovative Manufacturing Systems (2006), pp. 537–544


Development of a Software Module for Functionality Driven Manufacturability Optimizations for Sink Ins in Extrusion Dies. G. Ouwerkerk van, E.J. Sluiter, T.H.J. Vaneker, F.J.A.M. Houten van. Aluminium Two Thousand (2007)


Human Centered Product Data Exchange in Manufacturing Environments. Vaneker, T.H.J. , Lutters, D. & Houten, F.J.A.M. van, In D. Dimitrov (Ed.), International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing COMA '07 (pp. 493-498). Stellenbosch, SA: University of Stellenbosch, SA (ISBN 0797211640). (2007)


Domain Integration and Cost Reduction in Electronic Product Design: a case study. In: 40th CIRP International Seminar on Manufacturing Systems, May 30 - June 1, 2007, Liverpool. Wits, Wessel and Vaneker, Tom and Mannak, Jan and Houten, Fred van (2007)


Integrated bottom up and top down approach to optimization of the extrusion process, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Volume 57, Issue 1, 2008, Pages 183-186, T.H.J. Vaneker, G. van Ouwerkerk, K.E. Nilsen, P.T.G. Koenis, F.J.A.M. van Houten


Die Design and Manufacturability Formalization Using the Medal Axis Transform. Ouwerkerk, G. van , Vaneker, T.H.J. , Houten, F.J.A.M. van , Nilsen, K.E. & Koenis, P.T.G. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar. Wauconda, USA: Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation. Available from: 2008 Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation, Wauconda, USA (2008)


Novel cooling strategy for electronic packages: Directly injected cooling Original Research Article, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2009, Pages 142-147, W.W. Wits, T.H.J. Vaneker, J.H. Mannak, R. Legtenberg


Full Immersion TRIZ in Education, Wits, Wessel W. and Vaneker, Tom H.J. and Souchkov, Valeri. Future Conference 2010 , 3-5 November 2010, Bergamo, Italy


Integrated Design and Manufacturing of Flat Miniature Heat Pipes Using Printed Circuit Board Technology. Wits, W.W. ; Vaneker, T.H.J.. Published in Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions (Volume:33 , Issue: 2 ) 2010


Towards more visible scientific findings in TRIZ communities through ETRIA, Procedia Engineering, Volume 9, 2011, Pages 1-2, Denis Cavallucci, Tom Vaneker, Gaetano Cascini, Joost Duflou


TRIZ based interface conflict resolving strategies for modular product architectures Original Research Article, Procedia Engineering, Volume 9, 2011, Pages 30-39, Wessel W. Wits, Tom H.J. Vaneker


Development of a framework for using TRIZ in a co-disciplinary design environment Original Research Article, Procedia Engineering, Volume 9, 2011, Pages 379-390, Rogier W. de Vries, Tom H.J. Vaneker, Valeri Souchkov


Introducing Trimming and Function Ranking to SolidWorks based on Function Analysis, TRIZ Future Conference 2011, Dublin Ireland, Leonid S. Chechurin, Wessel W. Wits, Hans M. Bakker, Tom H.J. Vaneker


Towards more visible scientific findings in TRIZ communities through ETRIA, Procedia Engineering, Volume 9, 2011, Pages 1-2, Denis Cavallucci, Tom Vaneker, Gaetano Cascini, Joost Duflou


A function based approach on designing intelligent flexible automated manufacturing environments, 45th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, May 2012, Greece, M.S. Essers, T.H.J. Vaneker


New Strategies for Powder Compaction in Powder-based Rapid Prototyping Techniques Original Research Article, Procedia CIRP, Volume 6, 2013, Pages 527-532 A. Budding, T.H.J. Vaneker


Open Source Powder based Rapid Prototyping Machine for Ceramics Original Research Article

Procedia CIRP, Volume 6, 2013, Pages 533-538, A. Budding, T.H.J. Vaneker, A.J.A. Winnubst


Developing Concepts for Improved Efficiency of Robot Work Preparation, M.S. Essers, T.H.J. Vaneker, Original Research Article, Procedia CIRP, Volume 7, 2013, Pages 515-520,


A Decade of TRIZ research at ETRIA conferences, T.H.J. Vaneker, 1st International Symposium on Extenics and Innovation Methods, Cai et al (eds)), Beijing, China, 2013, pages 21-30.


TRIZ as an enabler for intellectual property protection during product development. Tom Vaneker, Roy Damgrave and Jelle Kuster - page 411-419, Proceedings of the 13th ETRIA world TRIZ future conference, Paris France 29th-31st of October 2013.



2012 TubeYourFuture project.

2013 Keynote speech entitled A Decade of TRIZ research at ETRIA conferences at the 1st International Symposium on Extenics and Innovation Methods, Beijing China.

2014 Touch your future

2014 Invited presentation on 3D printen; Nederlandse Keramische Vereniging.

2014 Article on 3D Printing in KGK, Onafhankelijk vakblad voor keramiek, glas en minerale kleurstoffen (to be published)