Primary Shaping and Metal Forming

The Institute of Metal Forming and Casting at Technische Universität München was founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fritz Fischer in 1968. The high reputation of many of his alumni confirms the extraordinary quality of his work. In 1994 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Hoffmann was appointed the ordinarius of the institute in Garching near Munich. With more than 60 dissertations, a significant increase of the office, laboratory and workshop space, as well as a considerable gain of the number of students and graduates, utg with Prof. Hoffmann took up an international leading position in education and research in the fields of metal forming and casting. In April 2011 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk was appointed as his follower to utg’s ordinarius.

The research activities at our institute focus the two major fields of production engineering - primary shaping and metal forming. This combination of different technologies is an ideal basis to meet the increasing product requirements with respect to functionality, quality and costs with interdisciplinary research activities. In an environment of increasing global competition this helps to strengthen the technological position of Germany with close cooperation of universities and companies as well as an constant incitement of theory and praxis. We see our work as a link between education, basic research and application-oriented development. The focus on industrial process-chains is an important strategic orientation of our institute. This way it is ensured, that our basic research and development is evaluated in terms of an industrial practicability and input for transfer-projects is generated. Of course this is only possible with motivated and dedicated employees, who work in a positive and friendly atmosphere at the institute so that their creativity and ideas can be transferred in specific project results.