Light Metal Casting
The general demand for constant increases in performance and efficiency in all areas of industry makes it necessary, especially for the foundry sector, to develop new materials and suitable process technologies in die casting, sand casting, precision casting and permanent mold casting. The research area "Innovative Casting Processes" supports these efforts through systemic research and optimization, but also new development of casting processes. The main aspects of the research activities are fundamental material, tool and measuring technology developments which serve to produce castings and lightweight components with the highest geometric complexity and precision. Another focus is on hybrid technologies, which are characterized by novel material and process combinations (casting, sheet metal, plastics, fibers) and thus contribute to a targeted increase in the performance of structural components.