Revolutionary 3D Printfarm at Fontys Hogescholen

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A new dimension in Engineering education

In September 2020, Fontys Universities of Applied Sciences took a significant step towards the future of engineering education by acquiring the first Lay3rs printfarm solution for their engineering programs, specifically Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. This pioneering decision has set a high standard for technological integration within the curriculum, marking the beginning of a new era in educational innovation and hands-on learning experiences for students.

Brainport campus

The printfarm, a system of multiple 3D printers working together to efficiently tackle large projects, will not only benefit the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics programs. Students of the new 3D printing minor, starting in February 2021 at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) on the outskirts of Eindhoven Brainport, will also reap the benefits of this advanced technology. This location is known as the heart of technological innovation in the Netherlands, and the placement of the Lay3rs printfarm there confirms Fontys’ commitment to quality education and industrial collaboration.


One of the key components of these minors is the practical application of the knowledge that students gain. For example, using Ultimaker 3D printers, they will design and manufacture grippers for various robots. These kinds of projects not only give students the opportunity to develop their technical skills but also stimulate critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and innovation.

Ultimaker Cura Digital Factory

Fontys’ choice of Ultimaker S3 and S5 models demonstrates their pursuit of the latest and most reliable technologies. Known for their high quality and versatility, these printers are equipped with the newest software from Cura Digital Factory. This not only makes managing the Lay3rs printfarm easier but also scalable. Moreover, the expansion of supported engineering materials opens new possibilities for applications within Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, greatly increasing the applicability of the printfarm within these disciplines.

Lay3rs Printfarm

The choice for the Lay3rs solution was not based solely on technical specifications. Fontys particularly values the safety, service orientation, and scalability of the Lay3rs configuration. These attributes are essential for an educational institution striving for a safe and supportive learning environment for its students.

The acquisition of the Lay3rs printfarm by Fontys through Lay3rs 3D printing underscores the long-term collaboration between the two parties. Lay3rs 3D printing, Fontys’ trusted supplier of 3D printing solutions for years, has once again proven to be a partner that not only offers competitive prices but also thinks along with Fontys for the long term. This collaboration emphasizes the importance of local partnerships focused on finding the right solutions and providing excellent service and support.

The Lay3rs printfarm configuration is a testament to innovation and collaboration and can be admired at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven. This initiative reflects Fontys Universities of Applied Sciences’ dedication to preparing their students for future challenges and opportunities in the world of engineering. By giving students access to state-of-the-art technologies like the Lay3rs printfarm, Fontys is taking a significant step towards educating the engineers of tomorrow.

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For more information about this groundbreaking collaboration and the opportunities it offers to current and future Fontys students, we invite interested individuals to contact us through our website. This is not just an opportunity to learn more about the impact of 3D printing on engineering education, but also to become part of a community at the forefront of technological progress in education.

Lay3rs 3D Print farm setup