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Competition "Excellence in Production"#

The award ceremony for the "Toolmaker of the Year 2019" will take place on November 13 in the historical Aachen City Hall.

Tool and die making

Toolmaking is often the starting point for production. It enables and empowers companies for serial production, regardless of whether the products are for industry or for the end consumer: The majority of all products come from tools - from metal and plastic parts in cars to smartphones. Tools are unique and the wide variety of products that can be manufactured means that tool production can be extremely complex and requires enormous know-how.  

Our main topics

In our Business Unit "Tool and Die Making" we combine all manufacturing technologies available at the institute in the field of toolmaking. We offer companies, suppliers and customers in the tool and mold making industry holistic solutions to successfully master the various challenges of the industry. The production technologies used, such as milling or spark erosion, are relevant for a wide range of tool types - from injection molding tools to deep-drawing and punching tools.

Excellent networking

Our goal is to transfer know-how from research and development to industry. In order to be able to provide our customers and project partners with a broad and deep range of consulting, research and development services, we cooperate closely with the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools of the RWTH Aachen University, the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH and the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing ACAM. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular benefit from this cooperation by supporting them in introducing new technologies and process chains.

Our offer at a glance #


Technology development

  • Process planning and optimization
  • CAx integration


  • Contract and basic research
  • Consortium research

Toolmaking database

  • Benchmarking
  • Competitor analysis


  • Technology optimisation
  • Manufacturing strategy
  • Process chain design


Together with the WZL of the RWTH Aachen University, the WBA and the ACAM, we offer seminars on production technology topics for toolmakers.

Always well informed

We would be happy to send you further information on our events and research topics on request. Please fill out our contact form.

Competition "Excellence in Production" and international colloquium "Tool and Die Making for the Future"#

The "Excellence in Production" competition, with which the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production (Werkzeugmaschinenlabor) award the best toolmaking company in the German-speaking world every year, has firmly established itself in the tool and mold making industry.

The International Colloquium "Toolmaking with a Future" is regarded as the central meeting place for the industry. In a compact way, the combination of both events offers practical recommendations for action so that companies can successfully compete in the long term.

More information about both events

Our competencies at a glance#


CAx process chains

  • Adaptive CAx Process Chains
  • CAM planning and NC optimization

Electro discharge
machining (EDM)

  • EDM: Spark erosion for machining high-strength materials
  • ECM: Wear-free production through electrochemical metalworking


  • Milling and turning
  • Basic research
  • Tool design
  • Process development

Laser surface treatment

  • Local wear protection
  • Lifetime extension

Fine machining

  • Automation
  • CAM programming and path compensation



Laser beam structuring

  • Technology and system consulting
  • Feasibility and profitability studies