Steyn Westbeek is a Doctoral Candidate in the Mechanics of Materials (MoM) research group at the Mechanical Engineering department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research is conducted within the AMSYSTEMS Center, an Innovation Centre by TNO and TU/e HTSC. Steyn is inspired by the promise of additive manufacturing (AM) for fabrication of ceramic products, and motivated by the current challenges to succesfully do so. His research focusses on the development of multi-physical and multi-scale simulation techniques for the AM process of ceramics (through vat photopolymerization). The intent of these numerical models is to facilitate prediction of optimal printing conditions and strategies to further the current state-of-the-art of ceramic AM.
Steyn Westbeek studied Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where he obtained his MSc degree in the Mechanics of Materials (MoM) group in 2016. During his studies, Steyn worked on various projects of a predominantly numerical nature. For example, during an internship at Fokker Landing Gear he helped with the development of a homogenized material model to efficiently simulate short fiber reinforced composites, followed by a graduation project at DAF Trucks aimed at predicting the high-cycle thermo-mechanical fatigue response of truck engines. After obtaining his master's degree, he was offered a PhD position at the research group Mechanics of Materials. In this doctorate study Steyn is working on the development of appropriate modeling techniques to simulate the additive manufacturing process of ceramic products through vat photopolymerization.
3D printing is really on the rise – and rightfully so – but will only become truly revolutionary once we have developed a fundamental understanding of the additive process.