Fine machining & optics

Passion for Precision

The department "Fine Machining and Optics" deals with the research and development of technologies for the production and machining of precision components. With our know-how as well as the latest machine and software technology, we consider the entire process chain - from tool design to the design and simulation of manufacturing processes to the production of prototypes. Our technology portfolio includes automated fine machining, diamond cutting, ultra-precision grinding, polishing, micro- and nanostructuring as well as the molding of high-precision glass optics. As an application-oriented research institute, we work on concrete questions and implement the research results directly in industrial practice for the benefit of the project partners. We offer cooperation within the framework of publicly funded R&D projects and bilateral industrial projects.

 

Simulation

  • Models for predicting forming results
  • Fields of application: Precision Glass Molding, Non-isothermal Glass Molding and thin glass forming
 

Tool coating

  • Wear protection through ceramic and precious metal coating
  • Individually adapted PVD coatings
  • Worldwide unique service life test bench
 

Thin glass

  • Vacuum deep drawing of thin glass
  • Gravity slumping and vacuum-assisted slumping of thin glass
 

Glass molding

  • Molding of high-precision glass components
  • Non-isothermal Glass Molding
  • Coating of glass forming tools
 

Automated fine
machining

  • Machine-integrated and robot-based grinding and polishing processes
  • Reduced finishing effort and better reproducibility by means of automation
 

Polishing technology

  • Polishing processes for all geometries and requirements
  • Tool system for automated polishing processes

Current research projects

Publicly funded projects allow us to forge new technological paths. This selection of our ongoing projects will give you an idea of the paths we are pursuing.

Completed research projects

A selection of projects we have completed illustrates the development of the technolog-ical subject areas we are addressing now and going forward.