Hans Vermeulen

Hans Vermeulen

Founder & CEO



Aectual CEO Hans Vermeulen is driven to disrupt the global architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) industry with architecture on-demand platform Aectual.

He is thought leader in the field of digital architecture, with 15 years of experience in scaling cutting-edge architecture firm DUS prior to founding digital construction firm Aectual: The global go-to platform for customizable architectural products.

With its proprietary software tools and XL robotic 3D printers Aectual enables designers and builders to create tailor-made architecture on a mass scale in a sustainable way using bio-based and recycled materials. Current users & partners include: Nike, Schiphol Airport, BMW, ABB, Henkel.

Story Summary:

As architectural graduates, Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit started their practice with an idea to bring architecture to the masses by digitizing the processes between developers and inhabitants. To further this goal, they built their own large 3D printer. Understanding that buildings consist of products, they decided to digitally print products and refine a designer-to-maker digital process under a separate business entity called Aectual.

Today, Aectual is offering a growing number of high-resolution digitally printed architectural products from floor surfaces to wall panels, which can be customized for individual projects. Learn more about their experience transitioning into product and process design, identifying valuable marketplaces for growth, new opportunities for innovative and sustainable materials, and growing their businesses through lessons of industry, perseverance and partnership in this interview with the architect-founders.

Articles featuring Hans Vermeulen

The Archipreneur Insights Report 03 is out now

The Archipreneur Insights Report 03 covers key aspects, tools, people and companies which drive innovation within architecture and the built environment. In the Archipreneur Insights Report 03 we explore 3D printing in architecture with features about the design-driven tech companies Aectual from Amsterdam and 3F Studio from Munich. Both focus on digitally printed architectural products. […]

3D Printing is Making Its Way into Interior Design

Welcome to our projects series where we present design products, productized architectural design services and software solutions created by architects. This week we want to present you 3D printed interiors by DUS architects. 3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing – turns digital 3D models into solid objects by building them up in layers. The technology was […]

Products featuring Hans Vermeulen

Report #03

3D Printing Architecture,
Future of Education &
Pritzker Prize and more…

In the third edition of Archipreneur Insights we explore 3D Printing in Architecture, Future of Architectural Education and the Pritzker Prize, Architect and Developer, Websites for Architects, Business Skills for Architects and much more…

Quotes from Hans Vermeulen

  • "There’s so much to win on use of materials, in terms of sustainability and financially, if you make the processes smarter and quicker."
  • "You need to learn what you’re good at and what you’re not good at."
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