Aachen is one of the most important centers of production technology. Here, we closely cooperate with the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University in all our work areas. The four senior professors at the WZL are also the directors of the Fraunhofer IPT. For decades now, the WZL has been a global synonym for successful and future-oriented research and innovation in the field of production technology. In six different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but are also adapted to industrial applications and requirements. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purpose of rationalizing production.
Our Network on the RWTH Aachen Campus
We are located at the heart of the RWTH Aachen Campus – right next door to the Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT and for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME as well as to numerous other RWTH Aachen University institutes. On the Melaten campus, eleven research clusters, focusing on different areas, are currently under development, a project which the Fraunhofer IPT is also closely involved in. The clusters will provide facilities where companies and institutes can share their resources as well as their knowledge and exploit synergies. The close geographic proximity will help them to coordinate their activities, speed up research studies and improve their results, reducing research costs and development costs.
Partners within the Community
In September 2015, the campus hosted the launch of the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH, a joint venture of the Fraunhofer IPT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. The ACAM has been designed to serve as an interface for a community of experts in the field of additive manufacturing technologies. Soon after, in October 2015, the »International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing – ICTM« was inaugurated, a joint venture of the Fraunhofer ILT, the WZL and the Institute for Laser Technology of the RWTH Aachen. Along with 25 industrial partners, the ICTM will conduct research on the production and repair of turbomachinery. Furthermore, we work in close cooperation with the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbauakademie and the INC Invention Center which we support together with the WZL and further network partners.
In Aachen, the Fraunhofer IPT provides around 460 employees with a workspace of 9000 m² to work on current projects. 5000 m² of that space are being used for laboratories and machine halls.