Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV) A focus on Industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing

Editor: Barbara Schulz

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Print head of the X1000 3D printer from German Reprap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing.
Print head of the X1000 3D printer from German Reprap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing.
(Source: IKV/Fröls)

Germany – The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will once again be represented at K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October 2016, with its own stand in Hall 14, Booth C16. Since the beginnings of the "K" trade show in the 1950s, IKV has been highlighting selected research topics on this international platform. At K 2016, IKV will pick up on the show's main topics, namely additive manufacturing and integrative production technology in the form of a Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) for plastics processing.

In its research projects in the field of additive manufacturing, IKV takes a multi-material approach that covers a range of different products. On the one hand, it performs fundamental analyses to examine the influence of the processing process on the properties of plastics products. On the other, it looks at the potential of using additively manufactured metal mould elements in the various plastics processing processes. Alongside the practical analysis of different additive manufacturing processes, the focus is above all on the physically motivated numerical modelling. This holistic research approach by IKV aims to create a fundamental understanding of the process.

In addition to already established processes such as Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) and the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) process from German Reprap GmbH, IKV is also building expertise and competence of its own via its own machine developments, and is overcoming existing limitations by linking up various pieces of machinery. The aim is hybrid production for the automated combination of different production processes. In a production cell, the Institute will show not only the automated fine machining of additively manufactured parts, but also various insert operations and the integration of further production steps.

On the subject of Industry 4.0, IKV will, in cooperation with a strong industry consortium, address the subject of the application-specific manufacture of function-integrated lightweight parts. On the IKV stand, the Institute will present, up and running, a fully automated production cell based on an injection moulding machine. The versatility and flexibility of the process will be demonstrated through ergonomic interaction with the visitor.

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