Manufacturing and Materials Technology (FWT)

Motivation and aim

The development of new products is a central engineering task that can only be mastered on an interdisciplinary basis, i.e. in cooperation between product development, production and materials engineering. This is due to the fact that the component properties required in development are significantly influenced by the individual process steps from raw material or semi-finished product to the finished component. In view of the high level of development of available processes, the associated issues are considered a priority topic for research work in manufacturing technology. The primary objective of the Manufacturing and Materials Engineering research area is process (chain) optimization and control to improve component quality and resource efficiency in additive and machining processes using software-based methods. The research area is divided into the two groups Cutting (Prof. Schulze) and Additive Manufacturing (Prof. Zanger). The common strategic topics are surface engineering, sustainability and digitalization.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Volker Schulze

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frederik Zanger


Precision Machining

Gear Engineering

Additive Manufacturing

  • Turning

  • Drilling

  • Milling

  • Stream Finishing

  • Combined processes for process chain consolidation

  • Simulation of manufacturing processes (chip formation, cooling strategies, particle flow)

  • Software-based process design and control

  • Targeted setting of surface layer states




  • Soft- and hard machining for skiving

  • Whirling and special processes for thread production and polygonal manufacturing

  • Special kinematics for precision gearing

  • Simulative tool design

  • Analysis of local parameters and mechanisms

  • Topography and component quality prognosis and optimization


  • Powder Bed Fusion (PBF)

  • Vat Photopolymerization (VPP)

  • Hybrid components through material and process hybridization

  • Development of metal powders and slurries (ceramics, magnets)

  • Digitization of additive manufacturing process chains

  • Process simulation on different scales

  • In-situ-microstructure adjustment

  • Post-processing to set component properties

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Research Projects

Characterization of technical powders for multiscale modeling of particle processes using the example of metallic additive manufacturing
Kai Drechsel, M.Sc.
01.05.2023 -
Sustainable production of near-net-shape semi-finished products by means of binder jetting using the example of broaching tools
Daniel Mayer, M.Sc.
Johannes Schubert, M.Sc.
01.05.2023 -
Spatially optimised manufacture of a power module using stereolithographic multi-material fabrication of ceramic 3D substrates with embedded conductive structures
Chantal-Liv Lehmann, M.Sc.
Johannes Schubert, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frederik Zanger
01.04.2023 -
Holistic qualification of copper for the binder jetting process with targeted porosity adjustment on the basis of heat exchangers for electromobility
Daniel Mayer, M.Sc.
Johannes Schubert, M.Sc.
01.01.2023 -
Flow-adapted components for fuel cells through additive-subtractive manufacturing with adjustable surface function (hydrophobic, hydrophilic)
Maximilian Frey, M.Sc.
01.01.2023 -
Development of patient-specific additively manufactured mandibular implants with biotechnology-inspired functional lattice structures
Nico Ulff, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frederik Zanger
15.08.2022 -
Aluminum-B4C composites for powder bed-based selective laser melting.
Victor Lubkowitz, M.Sc.
01.07.2022 -
Additive manufacturing of sonotrodes for ultrasound technology and functional integration of cooling channels
Kai Drechsel, M.Sc.
01.02.2022 -
Cooling channels in the additively manufactured grooving tool
Patrick Fischmann, M.Sc.
01.02.2022 -
AddPEM - Additive manufacturing of graded flow structures for po
Additive manufacturing of graded flow structures for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells.
Victor Lubkowitz, M.Eng.
Maximilian Frey, M.Sc.
01.01.2022 -
Additive manufacturing of specific microstructures through local and global temperature control
Kai Drechsel, M.Sc.
01.01.2021 -
ICM Junior Research Group Advanced Manufacturing
A versatile and universally applicable manufacturing technology for the development of mobility solutions for tomorrow and for production technology itself.
Steffen Kramer, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frederik Zanger
01.10.2020 -
DFG GRK 2078: International Research Training Group CoDiCoFRP
Integrierte Entwicklung kontinuierlich-diskontinuierlich langfaserverstärkter Polymerstrukturen
Jannis Langer, M. Sc.
01.04.2015 -