Maarten Labordus

Participants form the beating heart of the SAM|XL community. The Participants Council was established to make sure that SAM|XL remains on a steady course and implements the correct infrastructure and training programs so that the overall strategy speeds up our Participants innovation efforts. Through representation in the SAM|XL Board meetings, the voice of our Participants is turned into action.

We are pleased to announce that the Participants Council has elected Maarten Labordus (R&D Manager KVE Composites Group) as their representative to the Board for the coming two years. Congratulations, Maarten! And thanks for putting your expertise, experience and enthusiasm into SAM|XL.



Last week SAM|XL accomplished a major milestone. The first official participant council was hosted at the SAM|XL facility. During the participant council the SAM|XL participants met up with the board to discuss ongoing operations and strategy, and making sure that it is aligned with their technology and skills roadmap. Following the participants council, SAM|XL hosted the first edition of ‘SAM|XL Connect’. Close to 100 people were informed about the current and planned infrastructure at SAM|XL, as well as the projects and training courses that have been successfully completed. In addition, Gregor Van Baars(TNO) divulged some of TNO’s ongoing activities at SAM|XL. Finally, the “SAM|KB Plein” (co-funded by the Province Zuid-Holland) was launched as a physical and virtual collaboration platform. Do you want to know more about becoming part of the SAM|XL community? Feel free to contact us via:
We would like to thank the members of the participant council for their support: Technische Universiteit Delft, GKN Fokker, TNO, Qlayers , Suzlon Group, @CAED Group, @Royal3D, Curve Works, @Airbus Defence and Space, KVE and Airborne.


Kjelt in Canada

Yesterday our CEO, @Kjelt van Rijswijk, had the privilege to present his research on Automated Composite Manufacturing at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Canada, at the CREPEC – Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems composites industry forum.

We would like to thank CREPEC and the Ecole de Technologie Superieure for hosting us last week! Would you like to know more about the research on Automated Composite Manufacturing? Reach out to SAM|XL via


Campus kickoff

Last week SAM|XL had the oppurtunity to present itself at the Technische Universiteit Delft Campus Kickoff. As one of the field labs SAM|XL is proud to contribute to innovation and collaboration around the TU Delft Campus. At the Kickoff we presented a VR expierence of the SAM|XL lab. We would like to thanks the crew of VRzone for realizing this expierence.

Photo credits go to TU Delft Campus | Verkijk Fotografie.



NEW PARTNER! The AWE|SAM benefit program supports SAM|XL participants through savings on hardware, software and services. We are happy to introduce our newest AWE|SAM partners: SICK Sensor Intelligence. SICK has a broad portfolio of industrial sensors and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently. Solutions for machine safety, 2D/3D vision, identification, detection and much more. SICK offers SAM|XL participants an additional discount on top of pre-existing conditions.

Please contact Sales Engineer Bart van den Bogaard for more information on SICK: 06-20691179 or More information about the AWE|SAM benefit program can be found:


ABB robot training
SAM|XL stimulates the use of high-tech industrial robots. Being well prepared to use these robots is essential to succeed. In collaboration with RoboAcademy, ABB, Technische Universiteit Delft, KIVI and Royal BAM Group nv a robot training for engineers has been set up.
In the past 3 days participants from GKN Fokker, Airborne and Qlayers improved their robot operating skills and readied themselves for the use of industrial robots within SAM|XL. Located nearby and decently priced, participating in the ABB robot operator training is a unique opportunity.
SAM|XL thanks its partners: gemeente Delft, SMITZH, Provincie Zuid Holland, Duurzaamheidsfabriek and da Vinci College for realizing this training.
Curious to what the training: ‘Industrial robots for Engineers’ has to offer? Interested in attending future courses? show your interest via RoboAcadamy:


Nieuwe robot
Meet the Robot – IRB4600 Are you looking to improve your inspection technology? Want to make hands-on use of a robot to develop and advance QA processes? Meet the newest robot in the SAM|XL family: The ABB IRB4600, at SAM|XL also known as ‘Sherlock’: 40kg payload, 2.55m reach. The specs of the IRB4600 are excellent for through-transmission and phased-array ultrasonic inspection methods. It can characterize surfaces using a laser-line scanner and a 3D color camera. Special features:

– absolute accuracy
– safe mode
– external motion control

This machine is perfect for testing and advancing your company’s manufacturing/inspection process. SAM|XL is the platform for research institutes and the manufacturing industry to ready and prepare the processes for the next gen manufacturing.

SAM|XL is looking for suppliers of inspection technology to expand “Sherlock’s” toolbox. Are you ready for the next generation? Curious what SAM|XL has to offer you? Contact us at hashtag#robotics


D66 bezoek
Today SAM|XL had the honor to welcome member of parliament Jessica van Eijs (D66). Together with Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V., GKN Fokker, Technische Universiteit Delft, InnovationQuarter and the Economic Board Zuid-Holland we presented the innovative community that is situated around the region.
Initiatives like SAM|XL, advancing the manufacturing technologies, are playing an important role in making the aerospace industry more sustainable. To realize the sustainable movement within the aerospace sector it is of absolute essence to automate the manufacturing industry. SAM|XL is a platform where manufacturing companies, together with knowledge institutes and students, can execute research to achieve this automation.

We would like to thank Maarten Schippers, Djoeke Altena, Ingrid Houthuysen, Chris PoppeAnton Duisterwinkel for realizing this visit together with SAM|XL.


Visit from Belgium delegation to SAM|XL (Agoria, Asco Atlas Copco, Com&Sens, Deceuninck, Desotec, Econcore, e-Xstream, Fanuc, Fixar, Hexagon, Huntsman, J’DC Innovation, KU Leuven, Kuka, L&D Jettechniek, Moss Composites, MSC Software, Rein4ced, SIM, Synthesites, Vandewiele and Sirris. This visit will undoubtedly lead to further Dutch-Belgian cooperation.




SAM|XL hosts the BKS BBQ It was an honour to host the annual BBQ of the BedrijvenKringSchieovers (BKS). Great to see the public and private sector share ideas and laughter over excellent food from our local traiteur Zuppanini and the finest brews from our oldest city brewery De Koperen Kat. Glad we could show you a glimpse of our future via a marvellous VR demonstration provided by TU Delft’s own VR Zone.


Inspiring visit of the Delft Mayor Marja van Bijsterveldt, City Council Members and the TU Delft Executive Board visit SAM|XL to discuss innovation, education and regional collaboration.


EBZ visits SAM|XL The Economic Board ZuidHolland visited three high-impact initiatives in Delft: the Yes!Delft start-up community, the QuTech quantum technology lab and our own SAM|XL. We thank Linco Nieuwenhuyzen, Martin Van Gogh, Hans Winters, Dave van der Heyde, Jac. Gofers, Peter Goedvolk, Karel Luyben, Saskia Bruines, Henri Lenferink, Wouter Kolff – Bgm. Dordrecht, Pierre Heijnen, Rinke Zonneveld, Wolter Leiseboer, and Marieke Wolthuis for their visit, enthusiasm and encouragements.


The SAM|XL Fanuc and ABB robots have been shipped from TU Delft ‘Vliegtuighal’ and installed at the new facility.



SAM | XL has been awarded a grant from Provincie Zuid Holland (the Province of South Holland) for a maximum of € 200,000 for the purpose of strengthening the research infrastructure for SMEs and visibility in a SAM|KB Square. On the picture on the right: Kjelt van Rijskijk (SAM|XL), Erik Ham (DOC), Adri Bom (gedeputeerde provincie Zuid Holland), Nicoly Vermeulen (CvB TU Delft), and Bas Vollebregt (wethouder Gemeente Delft) at the symbolic handing over of the check. The grant is part of a total of € 750,000 available for new development projects on the TU Delft Campusread more


SAM|XL delivers its first engineer We are pleased to announce that Joren van der Horst successfully completed his master thesis titled “The Impact of Robot Arm Accuracy”. In front of family, colleagues and friends, Joren received his degree from Prof Clemens Dransfeld who heads up Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies. We are very proud of the fact that he is the first TU Delft student to graduate in SAM|XL.


Qlayers joins SAM|XL Innovative start-up Qlayers B.V. is the latest Participant to join the SAM|XL community. Qlayers is disrupting the coating industry, especially when it comes to controlled coating of large structures such as aircraft, wind turbine blades and storage tanks. Several OEMs have shown great interest and their future looks promising. Jointly, Qlayers and SAM|XL are taking automated and robotized coating to the next level!


SAM|XL well-received at the JEC World 2019 Great show of force from the Dutch delegation at the JEC this year with
strong representation of our Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy , CompositesNL, InnovationQuarter and our
own SAM|XL Participants. The orange pavilion was a true eye catcher and welcomed many visitors on all three days, …and not just for the ‘stroopwafels’. I’ve been positively amazed with the ‘name’ that SAM|XL has already build up in its short existence. Our “R&Do” innovation and education community in partnership with industry, Delft University of Technology, and TNO is hitting the spot. Great timing to grow our community: the renovation of our building is completed and we are moving offices next week. Back in Paris next year!


SAM|XL welcomes Dawn Aerospace, a fast growing start-up focusing on ‘Gas-and-Go’ reusable launchers for small satellites, has taken up office in the SAM|XL building at the TU Delft Campus. We welcome this technology start-up, we wish them a pleasant stay and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration.


HAVO-Technasium class visits SAM|XL SAM|XL would like to thank the talented 2nd year pupils of the Christelijk Lyceum Delft for visiting our Fieldlab at the Delft University of Technology Campus. We hope that we have managed to inspire you and that you have learned some valuable lessons for your robotics project. We look forward to seeing you again.



Braving the cold, we’re looking back at a great ‘betonborrel’ (‘concrete drinks’) to celebrate our new 2000m2 building at the Rotterdamseweg, right opposite the faculty of TU Delft | Aerospace Engineering. SAM|XL continues to go full steam ahead to be operational later this year. A big thank you to our partners for their contributions! Quincy Martina fromTNO, Harald Bersee from Suzlon Group, Pim Tamis from GKN Aerospace, Maarten Labordus from KVE Composites Group, Sarah De Smet from Airborne, Henk Cruijssen from Airbus, Jochem Frudiger from GTM Advanced Structures, Delft University of Technology and TUDelftCampus


Publication: “Everything here is XL

Why the time is right for a Smart Advanced Manufacturing centre XL? SAM|XL CEO Kjelt van Rijswijk and Business Developer Jos van den Boom explain the need for a place where manufacturers can team up with scientists and other partners to develop intelligent production systems for large composite structures.


SAM|XL has received the key to our new 2000 m² facilities at TUDelftCampus in (robot) style! In 2019, SAM|XL will move to its new venue at the Rotterdamseweg, right opposite the Delft University of Technology Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Refurbishments are already in full progress and we’re looking forward to the installation of the robotic cells and to being fully operational in the near future.


ROS Industrial Workshop (13 Nov 2018): presented by Subject Matter Experts from TU Delft and Fraunhofer; 15 attendees; positive feedback with respect to technical content and relevance.


ABB IRB4600 Robot starts operation. SAM|XL uses this small robot cell to mount various sensors, and to develop applications for these sensors. High accuracy, long reach, low payload industrial robot with external motion control are its main attributes.


29 June 2018: Fanuc R2000iC210L industrial robot arrived at Delft facilities – read more


A check of 4.2 mln euros was handed over to the project partners of the CADC during the InnovationQuarter annual event – read more (in Dutch)


SAM|XL signed lease contract – From December 2018 SAM|XL will move into the building at Rotterdamseweg 382c – read more


SAM|XL and FANUC are piloting the latest FANUC R2000iC210L industrial robot for manufacture of lightweight composite structures – read more


SAM|XL/CADC Project receives Clean Sky 2 Synergy Certificate – read more