3D Competence Center // 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Niederrhein


Our lab has been running Germany's first Fab Lab since 2009. In 2015, we acquired 1M€ of funding from the EU and the state of NRW through their Regio.NRW initiative for a three-year research agenda into future user interfaces for personal design and personal fabrication. Our work is part of the 3D Competence Center, a collaboration headed by the University of Applied Sciences Rhein-Waal, and with the University of Applied Sciences Ruhr-West, to form a digital fabrication competence center. We also offer the Fab Academy curriculum in collaboration with MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld at each of our three locations.

Contact: Henric Stönner


Within the 3DCC project, we are working on several topics:



  • Georg Roehl. Interactive Brooches: Physical Interfaces on Smart Textiles. Masters's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, September 2018.
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  • Philip Kindermann. Embroidered touchpad sensors. Masters's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, April 2018.
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  • Vyacheslav Kryvosheya. Haptic Stickers: Thin, Flexible On-Skin. Masters's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, February 2018.
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  • Nur Al-huda Hamdan, Simon Voelker and Jan Borchers. Sketch&Stitch: Interactive Embroidery for E-Textiles.  In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '18, pages 82:1–82:13, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2018.
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