FHNW - Hochschule für Technik - Institut für Produkt- und Produktionsengineering IPPE
Design, optimization, production, materials science and validation for AM
The Institute for Product and Production Engineering (IPPE) at the School of Engineering of the FHNW performs research and development in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) with special focus on metallic industrial applications such as the ones found in, e.g., aeronautics and turbomachinery.
The faculty and staff of the IPPE have broad and deep expertise in the entire product development cycle from design, simulation, optimization and validation for AM, to the AM process itself where experts in laser physics and materials science ensure the stability and quality of the manufacturing process. Research projects are always collaborations with industrial partners, often co-funded by the Swiss government (KTI / CTI), and have a typical duration of 1-2 years. The IPPE, however, is also at the industry's disposal for rendering short-term services such as AM part production in small series.
Preferred Industries: Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Machine Industry, Toolmaking
The process setup (build orientation optimization and support structure design) for a pre-existing part is of large practical importance, e.g., in the service and reconditioning market. It is demonstrated here for a pump impeller.