Saturday, April 14, 2012
ModuleWorks at the Dortmund University Institute of Technology
We recently attended a conference at the Dortmund University Institute of Machining Technology (ISF). Every two years they host a two day conference to discuss the latest machining techniques and related research projects. This year's event coincided with the 40th anniversary of the institute which was marked by an evening dinner for all attendees.
Most of the talk was tools and how to design and build them to get the desired machining results. Also, this year, ecological sustainability and efficiency were a big topic.
Our Director of Research, Dr Marc Stautner, is a graduate of Dortmund University and gained a Ph.D at the ISF and was invited to present at the event.His presentation, titled 'Future Prospects: CAM Components" gave an introduction to ModuleWorks and the industries we serve and talked about the various research projects we contribute to. The main portion of the presentation talked about toolpath generation and simulation of the machining process.
A portion of the presentation covered research into the field of optics manufacturing and how this was being integrated with the CAx process chain. ModuleWorks is participant in this research project which is part funded through the European OpticalStruct Mnt Era.net with the goal of providing integration between design and manufacturing to read directly the complex geometries required for the innovative lenses and produce high quality toolpaths.
The conference consisted of a combination of presentations and practical machining demonstrations on the university shop-floor and was an excellent opportunity to meet some partners and other like minded research professionals in the manufacturing industry.
Until the next time.
The ModuleWorks blogger.