Research Seminar Series: Open Hybrid Lab factory – High volume production of lightweight structures for the automotive industry

26 April 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ainsworth Building, Level 4, Room 405A (map ref. J17)

Professor Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder
Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), TU Braunschweig, Germany

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Future production technologies are challenged by the customers’ demand for increased product functionality and individualization at mass volume production prices. This demand is a strong innovation driver, in particular for the automotive industry. For example, it fosters interest in lightweight designs to compensate for additional product functionality. However, in order to implement this into practice, significant hurdles remain before an individualized mass production can be achieved. Currently, there are substantial efforts made to put mass production of such lightweight designs within reach. One approach combines multiple lightweight materials and structures in one multi-material component. Designed suitably, such components take full advantage of functionally optimized material combinations. The production scenario involved with this design approach comprises forming technologies, a fact that limits the individualization of components. In order to overcome this limitation, partial additive manufacturing is a promising technology and receives increasing attention. This presentation will elaborate the research questions involved and introduce current research activities at TU Braunschweig.


Professor Dr.-Ing. Klaus DröderProfessor Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder is head of the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at TU Braunschweig, Germany since July 2012. He is also a board member of "Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.", a public-private research cluster for multi-material lightweight component production. His research interest includes production and automation technologies, particularly with regard to flexibility in series production.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dröder studied mechanical engineering with a specialisation in production technology and automotive engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig and at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. After graduation in 1999, he joined Volkswagen AG as a project manager in the area of lightweight design and production technology. In 2003, he was appointed as the Volkswagen AG, Group Research, head of department of Manufacturing Technology and Production Concepts. From 2006-2009, he took the role of managing director of the NFF-Automotive Research Center Niedersachsen. From 2009-2012, he was appointed as Volkswagen AG, group research, head of vehicle research.


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