design principles program

Prof. ir. Wim van der Hoek (Foto: B. van Overbeeke)

It was Prof. Ir. W. van der Hoek who started to build an approach for designing mechanisms in such a way that their behaviour could be predicted without the need for complex calculations. He developed and taught this approach at the Centre For Technology of the Philips Company and at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven Technical University. He succeeded in inspiring a whole generation of mechanical engineers and his work has been published as "des duivels prentenboek". It has been and still is our intention to achieve continuity in the training of engineers in this approach. To achieve this we cooperate with experts from academia and industry.

design principles

design principles 

This training focuses on the fundamental principles concerning the behaviour of mechanisms and how this behaviour can be predicted and improved. 

The following topics are covered:

  • The role of stiffness and compliance 
  • Controlling "Degrees Of Freedom"
  • Optimal use of elastic elements
  • Friction, hysteresis and micro slip
  • Real and virtual play
  • Precision instruments
  • Mechanisms based on “Rolling and Deformation”
  • Mechanisms for special functions.

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design principles
master class

design principles
master class

In this master class, designers bring along their personal design challenge and together with experts in the field and other course participants, reach a solution. 

Participants will learn:

  • The relevance of design culture
  • The impact of out-of-the-box thinking and how to stimulate this
  • To think in a mechatronic way 
  • To recognise relevant stakeholders 
  • The impact of high level design reviews
  • The art of reviewing
  • Elements of requirements management and its relevance

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design principles for uc
vacuum applications

design principles for uc 
vacuum applications

Introduction to the principles of vacuum and design principles applicable for ultra clean vacuum applications.


  • Basic principles of vacuum
  • Properties of gases at low pressures
  • Interaction of gases with Surfaces 
  • Flow of gases 
  • Dry backing vacuum pumps and molecular pumps
  • Total & partial pressure measurement
  • Leak tightness testing
  • Engineering aspects
  • Mechatronic aspects          
  • System design
  • Industrial cleaning          
  • Working discipline
  • Components & joints
  • Cleaning during assembly

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design principles for
shock proof design

design principles for
shock proof design

This course teaches the understanding of the dynamic effects of drops and shocks on products and design principals for products that have a higher resistance to this type of loading.

Participants will learn:

  • Grouping of failure modes into generic failure types
  • Impact dynamics; The influence of damping 
  • Test methods and standards
  • Relevant measurement techniques
  • Simulation: types and effective use
  • Robust design principles

Participants will learn how to estimate accelerations, forces and deflections based on one-dimensional dynamics and will become aware of the available simulation and measurements techniques. 

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Dick van Langeveld

Dick van Langeveld NEVAC & Research

Dorine Laheij

Dorine Laheij Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 40 8512 027

Jaap Oudes

Jaap Oudes Tools & Equipment
+31 (0) 40 8512 014

Mark Meuwese

Mark Meuwese Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 40 8512 008

Minte Mulder

Minte Mulder NEVAC

Piet van Rens

Piet van Rens Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 40 8512 035

Sven Pekelder

Sven Pekelder Research & Feasibility
+31 (0) 40 8512 010


de konstrukteur - november 1981 - nr 11
de konstrukteur - november 1981 - nr 11





elastische scharnieren in fijnmechanische konstrukties,

Jan van Amelsvoort - de konstrukteur, 1981