Energy- and resource-efficient forming technologies

In sheet metal forming and bulk metal forming we consider the entire process chain when designing plant systems and logistics – starting with the component concept, followed by product development, feasibility studies, development of technologies and tool concepts, method engineering up to realization of prototypes or small series. Our research activities focus on components for car bodies and powertrains. In order to optimize energy and material use we develop solutions to systematically shorten the process chains of forming technology, for example by applying novel technologies. As a result we obtain a functional and load-oriented design of forming tools and enable the application of innovative processing technologies.

Sheet metal forming

Technologies of the next generation

We consider the entire process chain for manufacturing load-oriented and functionally optimized components. This includes selecting and characterizing suitable sheet metal materials and engineering of methods (stages) for all processes of sheet metal forming, always assisted by methods of numerical calculation.

Bulk metal forming


Expertise of forming in powertrain applications

We possess comprehensive technical equipment and expertise in the field of cold, warm and hot bulk metal forming. Our competence comprises forming processes such as die forging, cross rolling, extrusion, axial closed die rolling, spin extrusion, rotary swaging and surface profile rolling. In addition to developing and manufacturing tools and clamping devices, we also conduct simulations and tribological investigations of the forming process.

Forming based on active media

Realization of sophisticated designs and high stiffnesses

Active media-based forming or active energy-based forming of sheet metal, tubes and profiles is performed using shapeless media (e.g. liquids or gases) or active fields (e.g. electromagnetic fields). In contrast to conventional forming tools, fewer shape memory active tool components are required, which results in reduced tool cost and enables economic manufacturing, particularly for small quantities. The medium acts in all directions, which leads to even loading of the material and is reflected in extended forming limits and a high variety of shapes.


Large-scale replication of microstructures

The fields of application for micro-forming include structuring of large surfaces and mass production of serial components. In order to ensure optimum results, the investigative processes consider components, tools and processes.