(Senior) Process Engineer (FFF 3D printing)

  • Working hours: Full time (32-40 hours)
  • Location: Geldermalsen, The Netherlands

As our new Print Process Engineer, you bring state of the art knowledge about the print process to our product development projects. You use your knowledge about the print process and your experience to find innovative solutions for our (future) products. You contribute to setting high-quality requirements in our product development projects. You use your process and materials knowledge to contribute to enabling new applications for 3D printing.

Your job requires a technical Master’s degree level and broad knowledge and experience in material processing including, but not limited to, polymer processing, coatings, etc.

Did you enjoy what you heard so far? Then, keep on reading.

What will you be doing?

As a Process Engineer, you will be part of the Print Process and Materials team. You will be working in multi-disciplinary projects that are led by an R&D Project Manager.  

Your main responsibilities include to:

  • Define, based on the application(s) in scope, what is required from the printing process and translate this into requirements for our product development
  • Contribute to the design and qualification of new printers, accessories, and materials
  • Contribute to increasing our theoretical knowledge about the 3D printing process
  • Research, integrate and implement technologies in the print process and the print strategies
  • Perform hands-on experiments with test printers or dedicated test equipment
  • Troubleshoot and determine the root cause of complex issues that may be related to current designs and suggest improvements
  • Take a leading role in development and/or research projects, related to the printing process
  • Writing documentation (functional requirements, reports, design documentation)

What will your team look like?

The print process and materials team includes polymer chemists, material engineers, and mechanical engineers. We are 3D printing enthusiasts. Together with the rest of the R&D team (software engineers, mechanical engineers, mechatronics engineers, electronics engineers), we work in different projects on research and product development.

What have we worked on recently?

  • During the past years, we have expanded the materials portfolio from 3 to 11 with a focus on the engineering market to broaden the current use of 3D printed parts
  • We have contributed to a new wear resistant print core for the Ultimaker 3 and the S5 printers that enables printing of filled materials (e.g. chopped glass fibers)
  • We are busy creating a new product that will help our customers get even more out of their printers
  • We have launched a Marketplace for materials, we contributed to the development of a software tool that helps material companies to create and distribute custom print profiles for printing their material on Ultimaker 3D printers

What will your day in the office look like?

The morning starts with a cup of coffee, then you meet with your project team to discuss priorities and who will work on what. After this, you work on writing a short report on the results of the experiments that you performed yesterday. After lunch, you discuss your results with some colleagues in your project team and how they will affect the choices that you have to make in the design of the product that you are working on. At the end of the day you prepare a meeting that you will have on the next day with one of our material suppliers.

Do you fit this profile?

  • Master's degree, preferably in polymer engineering / chemical engineering / applied physics (or equivalent)
  • 3 to 7 years of working experience in material processing
  • Overarching knowledge of material processing aspects, including equipment, material properties, characterization and process definition, and processing techniques
  • All-round process thinking – concept, theory, and application
  • Knowledge of polymers and/or materials common to 3D printing
  • Ability to contribute to the design of test rigs to proof theoretical concepts
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Ability to communicate in a multidisciplinary team and with people from different backgrounds
  • Team player attitude
  • Ability to work independently and proactively

Definitely a plus

  • 3D printing experience or affinity
  • Experience in polymer extrusion
  • Hands-on or supervisory experience in building automated equipment, electro-mechanical equipment or mechanical prototype fixtures. Ability to build and test/debug a working prototype from a design concept
  • Basic experience with programming (i.e., Phyton), CAD (i.e., SolidWorks) or FEA/CFD modeling (Abaqus, Ansys, Moldflow, etc…)
  • Basic knowledge of Statistical Process Control

The benefits of working with us

  • A competitive salary in line with your experience
  • Ultimaker makes contributions to your pension
  • We pay for your daily commute based on public transport
  • 27 days of paid leave per year
  • Use of an Ultimaker 3D printer
  • An open, family atmosphere, and a fun work environment
  • Work in a young and energetic team
  • Lunch with healthy sandwiches, salads and a daily special
  • A convenient location within walking distance of public transport and near the highway
  • Room to expand your knowledge by following courses and going to meetups

More detail about Ultimaker

Ultimaker has been in operation since 2011, and over the years has grown to become a market leader, creating powerful, professional and accessible desktop 3D printers. With offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore, plus production facilities in both Europe and the US, Ultimaker’s team of more than 350 employees continually strives to accelerate the world’s transition to local digital manufacturing by offering the highest-quality 3D printers, software, and materials on the market.

We offer you the chance to become a part of a young, fast-growing, technically advanced company. We are focused on further developing the Ultimaker, developing the world of 3D printing, and further expanding the skills of our people.

We are ordinary people with extraordinary plans. Creating high-quality products is our driver. Our passion and creativity help us to make the unbelievable believable. Together we make one hell of a team.


Interested in working for us? Please contact María Verdú by sending your motivation letter & résumé or by phone.

Only candidates eligible to work in the EU will be considered for the position. Unfortunately, given the high volume of applications we receive for our vacancies, these professionals (not entitled to work in the Netherlands) will not be given a status update.

Agency calls will not be appreciated.

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