Danny Leen

I’m a Digital Fabrication Researcher.

About Me

I am Danny Leen, a researcher from Genk, Belgium. I am interested in digital fabrication (e.g., 3D printing, Lasercutting, and CNC Milling). My research focuses on lowering the threshold for (non-expert) users when designing and fabricating objects. More specifically, the idea of “Unitless fabrication” as a digital fabrication strategy, why do we need (end-user) measurement units when having a fully digital process?


Sept 2015 - Sept 2021

P.h.D candidate - KU Leuven

Digital fabrication allows users to fabricate objects without the need of measuring. However, designing digital 3D objects is generally done using calipers, rulers, protractors and other physical measurement tools. In my research I develop novel interfaces that allow users to design and fabricate objects without measuring.

2009 - 2010

Master's Degree - Interaction Design

I graduated, Cum laude, at Luca School of Arts in Genk (Association KU Leuven). With a thesis titled Haptic Music Creation that explored novel techniques for generating haptic feedback when creating digital music.

2006 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree - Interaction Design

Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg


Recent Work


Tech Lab 2019

Tech Lab is an interaction design course Lieven Menschaert and myself teach. It’s become a tradition to build socially awkward robots.  https://youtu.be/Nykymr2mIyk

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Tech Lab 2018

Tech Lab is an Interaction design course Lieven Menschaert and myself teach. Our first venture into animatronics. https://youtu.be/QSzNd3qWTm0

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