Fields of research of wbk

Manufacturing and Materials Technology

Machines, Equipment and Process Automation

Production Systems

Manufacturing processes from additive manufacturing to machining: research and development on process and tool design, surface engineering, simulation of manufacturing processes as well as analysis and optimization of process chains.


Development and research of self-learning machines, holistic automation solutions and intelligent handling systems for innovative production processes in the fields of machine tools, electric mobility, hybrid lightweight structures and additive manufacturing.


Planning, evaluating and controlling the effects of tomorrow's production - from the global, shock-robust network to the breathing factory with highly productive production facilities and innovative business models to quality assurance of immature processes – are the goals of the field Production System.




Prof. Lanza wbk
Prof. Gisela Lanza on the Board of Trustees of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has appointed Prof. Gisela Lanza to the Board of Trustees of PTB for five years. 

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Ministerin Theresia Bauer zu Besuch in der Forschungsfabrik
Theresia Bauer zu Besuch bei der Karlsruher Forschungsfabrik

Hybride und vollelektrische Antriebslösungen erfordern neue Fertigungstechnologien, etwa im Bereich der Statorfertigung und Wickeltechnik. Diese erforscht das KIT u. a. im Rahmen des IICM. Bei ihrem Besuch in der Karlsruher Forschungsfabrik konnte Ministerin Theresia Bauer u. a. sehen, wie es neue Produktionstechnologien ermöglichen, den Anteil seltener Erden an Rotoren elektrischer Antriebe zu minimieren.

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Artificial intelligence: Process optimization in production

The wbk is partnering to offer free video training on machine learning for manufacturing companies.

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