Institute for Machine Tools (IfW) at the University of Stuttgart
FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH
From Renaissance philosophy to cutting-edge nanotechnology: as one of Europe’s oldest universities, KU Leuven boasts a long tradition of ground-breaking research and high-quality education.
KU Leuven is dedicated to education and research in nearly all fields. Its fifteen faculties offer education, while research activities are organized by the departments and research groups. These faculties and departments, in turn, are clustered into three groups: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), and Biomedical Sciences. Each of these groups has a doctoral school for its doctoral training programmes. KU Leuven boasts fourteen campuses, spread across 10 cities in Flanders.
KU Leuven is a research intensive university, a setting for both fundamental and applied research, with a strong inter- and multidisciplinary background and a clear international orientation. We aim for research excellence, a contribution to societal and cultural debates and the realisation of a real knowledge society. Individual initiative, critical reflection, collaboration, solidarity, academic freedom, and diversity are key concepts in realising these goals.
Many of the KU Leuven research groups are recognized, world-wide, to be leaders in their field. Beside their focus on basic research, a vivid interest in possible applications is omnipresent and collaboration with other laboratories and with the industry is encouraged.
The machining research group focuses on the investigation, development, and implementation of non-conventional and hybrid processes for the machining of advanced materials and complex shaped components, post processing of additive manufactured parts, and up-coming needs such as the machining of functional surfaces.
The welding group studies different welding processes, implements advanced techniques in weld quality prediction and improvement. Besides the general welding applications, wire and ark additive manufacturing (WAAM) and acoustic emission monitoring are subjects of interest for this research group. WAAM allows fast, material-efficient and environmental friendly production of parts from different kinds of metals using the gas metal arc welding process and a standard welding robot.