Institute for Machine Tools (IfW), University of Stuttgart
The University of Stuttgart Institute for Machine Tools (IfW) has been engaged in research into machine and tool technologies for processing natural and engineered wood for many years, and for the last 10 years has also been conducting research into technologies for processing composites.
At LIGNA 2019, IfW will be presenting its current research projects and a number of new industrial manufacturing technology concepts that it is currently exploring and developing. The institute’s main research areas are: new developments in machinery, tools and processes; extraction technology; process monitoring and control; energy and resource efficient production processes; power tools; and machine safety.
The institute’s static and dynamic analyses of processes and tools yield increases in the performance and efficiency of production processes without compromising quality. In the field of machining technology, the institute is exploring new ways of minimizing cutting forces and kerf wastage, as well as solutions for processing a wide range of non-wood materials (plastics, fiber-reinforced plastics, and composites of many kinds) using woodworking machinery. In terms of machinery technology, the institute’s current focus is on reducing energy consumption and noise and dust emissions. The IfW showcase at LIGNA will feature the institute’s new key focus on the interrelationships between additive and subtractive manufacturing as parts of integrated process chains. It will also profile solutions for the latest challenges in process design.
In addition, the IfW will outline its current R&D focus areas at the inaugural LIGNA.Forum event in Hall 11.