The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology was established in 1992 in Chemnitz, the industrial and economic centre of Southwest Saxony.
At Fraunhofer IWU, more than 150 employees and approximately 100 students of various subject areas carry out applied research in the fields of forming technology and cutting methods which are unique to the tool and die industry.
Since its founding, the Institute has undergone continual growth and improvements in both its administrative and research facilities. These efforts were crowned by the new test facilities which were opened at an official ceremony. The facilities consist of a shop for forming technology with machine tools for sheet and bulk metal forming, a shop for tool manufacturing with precision machine tools, 3D-coordinate measuring technique and machining centres for cutting methods, as well as a laboratory and office area. The Institute is laid out over 6,000 m², where research for regional, national and international machine and automotive industry can be conducted.
Fraunhofer-Institut Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik
Further information: http://www.iwu.fraunhofer.de