Willemijn started her career at Océ Technologies, gaining experience with printing technologies. In 2019, she obtained her PhD at Delft University of Technology, focused on the reproduction of color, topography and gloss of paintings, using 3D scanning and 3D printing. As part of her PhD, she also 3D scanned Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, to evaluate the technique’s suitability for documentation and visualization of crack patterns.
Her research is focused at the capturing, visualizing and fabricating complex, adaptive and changing material appearances in the context of (product) design and cultural heritage. Her research goal is to develop tools and methods for designers and cultural heritage professionals to:
- Capture material appearance (and its changes over time)
- Visualize and compare material appearances
- Manipulate or ‘tinker’ with different material appearances
- (Automatically) generate (new) material appearances and
- Fabricate complex material appearances based on captured, generated, or created input