What we do

Products and Services

  • Product design / optimized for digital manufacturing.
  • Design of materials / for digital manufacturing.
  • Engineering / make it work.

  • We also use our knowledge in this field to:
  • Advise on do's and don’ts / for companies that consider to use digital manufacturing.
  • Strategic consultation / to help decide whether to start using digital manufacturing , and if so: how and when.
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    Most 3D printed objects are quite small, for the simple reason that most 3D printers are small. But is it feasible to produce large 3D printed product, like a building? Yes, it is possible to print large objects with a coarse resolution in a short amount of time, but these low resolution objects cannot accommodate technical features like piping and isolation. But printing large products in high resolution is very time consuming. A solution is parallel printing. A large product can be divided in smaller elements and produced in an array of printers maintaining a high resolution and keeping up the speed. We are developing innovative ways to connect these smaller elements in a solid way.

    Hans Lankhaar and Bram van den haspel


    Hans Lankhaar is an industrial designer,  specialized in 3D print technology and 3D modelling. Bram is an all-round designer, concept developer and expert in commercialization of ideas. Please check below for more background information about Hans and Bram.

    Bram van den Haspel

    Bram van den Haspel is an experienced designer, researcher and entrepreneur. He studied Physics (Msc) at the Delft University of Technology and Design at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. He started out his career in the field of sustainable technology. In 1995 he worked as an independent product designer. His assignments became more and more architectural in nature, thus he started an architectural firm in 2000 together with an associate. Since 2009 he has been in full swing as a product designer, once again, and even brings some products onto the market on his own. From 2011 he is also worked on problems in the field of 3D printing, especially the production of big products, printed in parts on multiple printers.
    Send Bram an email: bram@lab3d.nl

    Hans Lankhaar

    Hans Lankhaar is an experienced designer and engineer. After finishing his bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at the age of 21 he wanted to become an all-round designer with knowledge of the creative and technical aspects of product development. With a master’s degree in Integrated Product Design Hans started working as a product designer and engineer at Rubber Design. Four years later he wanted more creative freedom and started SYNBL, a product design agency. A shared fascination for 3D printing let Bram and Hans together. They founded LAB3D, exploring the boundaries of 3D printing and its almost limitless potential.
    Send Hans an email: hans@lab3d.nl


    In the last year we have been working around the clock to develop and build a 3D printer for the construction site: the Pixelstone printer. It prints facades composed of small cubic bricks. The bricks, in different colors and nuances, are mixed and printed as 3D pixels. Please vist Pixelstone.nl for more information about our new startup!

    The bricks are redesigned to fit through a hose and can be pumped to a printhead. The Pixelstones are oriented and placed by a printhead. Our prototype in action:

    Besides sleek facades, Pixelstones enables rich and complicated facades. Printed with different colors, patterns, images, reliefs, ornaments, window frames; everything you can imagine. The architect gets total control of every pixel in a facade.

    The goal of Pixelstone is to bring a new kind of craftsmanship to builders and architects. The timeless quality of brick in a new appearance for a new era. Also in an environmentally friendly way: compared to a standard brick the pixelstones requires 90% less energy a kg to produce, simply because of the size and the very short fire time.

    The first application of the print technology will be producing prefab insulating facades. The next step: printing entire constructions.

    We have just completed our latest project for DeltaSync (specialized in floating urbanization):  a printed lightweight and very energy efficient façade. Printing with a high resolution made it possible to integrate piping, window frames and even insulation. High-resolution printing allows for the integration of construction, all types of piping, window frames (and such), and even thermal insulation in one material.

    Reinventing insulation
    Common insulation materials like mineral wool doesn’t add strength to the building. The printed wall has an outer and inner shell of 4 millimeter with a honeycomb structure in between. This honeycomb structure not only gives the façade it’s necessary strength and stiffness, but has fine insulating properties as well. In fact the insulating performance of this printed façade is superior to that of a conventional façade using mineral wool. Furthermore the geometry of honeycomb structure can be tweaked to benefit even more of the 3D printing possibilities.


    Heating, cooling and ventilation
    Complex parts, such as piping and installations can be easily integrated in the façade with 3D printing. The integration of heating, cooling, ventilation and electrics in building construction can be dramatically improved.

    The future
    While it’s probably still a decade or so away before high resolution 3D printers will take over the building industry, the experiment already shows it’s huge potential. Eventually 3D printed buildings will not only outperform conventional buildings but they will be cheaper and faster to build as well.

    Bram was recently interviewed by BouwKennis. BouwKennis is a Dutch knowledge and network partner for the construction industry. The theme of this edition is the impact of 3D printing in the construction industry. Please click on the image below to open the article. (Dutch article)


    The example below shows the power of 3D printing. We developed a connection system for 3D printed elements. Inside a  product, we printed a plug and a counterpart with a spring system. It is impossible to produce this by conventional methods. The connector enables us to connect small 3D printed elements into a larger whole.

    Designing isolation material with 3d printing technologies? This may seem ridicule, but it is indeed very promising. Conventional isolation materials, like mineral wool, are a kind of chaotic mesh. With 3D printing we are able to design optimized structures. To prevent loss of heat by convection, radiation and transmission we are developing isolation panels that will be tested by a specialized research institute. The picture below shows a very simple, but strong example.