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for smart advanced manufacturing of lightweight structures
We bring your innovative organization from the aircraft and maritime industry, together with technology suppliers and TU Delft academia

Smart Advanced Manufacturing XL, SAM|XL, is a collaborative research centre at the TU Delft Campus setup as a non-profit foundation with an innovation community.
We develop, demonstrate and de-risk smart manufacturing solutions for and with the low-volume high-variation manufacturing sector.

We focus on automated production processes of large-size, lightweight structures made of exotic materials with tight tolerances. Our solutions find their way into high-tech sectors such as aerospace, maritime and wind-energy. Workshops, masterclasses and consulting services ensure that skills and knowledge are transferred to the SAM|XL Participants and offer SMEs the opportunity to improve more general manufacturing technologies.

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We know automation is necessary to keep up in the competitive industry. But manufacturing in high-end niche sectors such as aerospace and maritime is challenging.

Off-the-shelf automation technology is a good starting point, but tends to fall short with regards to technical aspects (e.g. related to dimensional accuracy or real-time process control) or economic aspects (e.g. too much programming required for cost-efffective implemented in a low volume, high variation manufacturing environment). Setting up an automated production line therefore still requires a substantial amount of time, money and effort.


Where should you start? Can you do this alone? What equipement do you need? How do you level up your knowledge? How important is the role of software development? 

At SAM|XL, we know that taking the first steps towards automated production is not easy and that the transitioning to automated manufacturing systems for production, research and education activities is not done overnight.


Using your long-term ambitions as starting point, our infrastructure, knowledge and training provides the guidance needed to get out of the starting blocks and accelerate your innovation and skills transfer.


Our services

We help to take the first steps towards automated production.


We use our on-site rental infrastructure to develop and validate automation concepts and manufacturing AI for your production environment.  


Our in-house expertise team

can help you with gaining the expertise and technical knowledge needed for the development of an automation project. 


SAM|XL provides training services to become familiar with automation robotics.

What's in it for you?

Whether you are a supplier, a manufacturer or academic, explore your benefits at SAM|XL. We have established the SAM|XL Community, where the industry works towards automating manufacturing processes. 

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& Integrators

Increase market share by reducing cost, increasing output or accelerated development of new manufacturing technology.


Showcase research output, find partners for follow-up projects, speed up research and attract academic talent. 

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Software Suppliers

Position your technology for the future of manufacturing. 

Access new markets, grow a loyal user group, meet customers and generate exposure.


& Education

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At SAM|XL we work towards a sustainable future. By accelerating innovation that allows more efficient production. By means of stimulating collaboration and innovation we wish to propagate our values regarding a healthy planet. 


Founding partners

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Kjelt van Rijswijk

Managing director

+31 (0)15 278 62 14