The NEXT filament maker has become a part of the polymer studies department at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, where students are using it to acquire hands-on training in material extrusion and recycling. As a cost-effective, small-scale setup, it facilitates thorough, practical training and minimizes the university’s dependence on complex, large-scale extrusion machinery.
Proactive, future-oriented education that can contribute to a sustainable society has always been the goal for Fontys, one of the largest educational institutes in the Netherlands. This reflects in each of the university’s 200+ programs, which together account for an intake of over 44,000 students. The Natural Science wing of Fontys, located in Eindhoven, is one of the only institutes in the world to offer bachelor’s courses in polymer studies. Here, students use 3D printing to enhance polymers and develop sustainable solutions for the rapidly evolving additive manufacturing industry.