Filip Valjak was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1991. He enrolled in the study of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb (UNIZAG-FSB) in 2010. He graduated in 2015 with specialization in Product Design and Development with the master thesis entitled “Knowledge recording and communication support in complex design project”. After graduation, he worked in Klex d.o.o. as engineer for product development and additive manufacturing. At the same time, he worked as an external assistant lecturer in course Computer and Engineering Graphics at UNIZAG-FSB. Since November 2016 he worked as research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Design and Product Development at UNIZAG-FSB. The same year he enrolled in postgraduate doctoral studies at the same institution. His primary filed of research and scientific focus is Design for Additive Manufacturing.
He currently participates in Croatian Science Foundation project “Hurdle technology and 3D printing for sustainable fruit juice processing and preservation (3D-SustJuice)”. From 2018 to 2022 he was part of HORIZON 2020 Programme project “Increasing Excellence on Advanced Additive Manufacturing – INEX-ADAM”. In 2017 he participated in Erasmus+ project “Networked Activities for Realisation of Innovative Products – NARIP”.
During his PhD Studies, Filip attended two international summer schools: “Summer school on engineering design research” at the Technical University of Denmark, and “IDEA League Summer School – Computational Design for Additive Manufacturing” at the Technical University Delft. Through INEX-ADAM project he visited Lund University, and through Erasmus+ programme he visited Luleå Technical University. He defended Phd thesis titled "Mapping of Product Functions and Design Principles for Additive Manufacturing" in 2022 under supervion of Prof. Nenad Bojčetić.