The FKT Formenbau und Kunststofftechnik GmbH is a company in the sector of tool and mold making with a long-standing tradition. The company is specialized in design, manufacturing and series production of plastics injection molds with focus on multi-component technique. From the development/design of the molded part to the production of prototypes made of plastic and metal, the production in mold-making as well as the sampling possibility of molds and the manufacturing of plastic series, everything is presentable in the process chain. The product portfolio is completed by services in special technologies, e.g. CNC-internal and external cylindrical grinding, laser welding, hardening etc. and customer-oriented small-series production of molded parts especially in different multi-component injection molding and custom technologies. FKT has a universal quality- and environmental management system and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 as well as DIN EN ISO 14001.

Mathys_enovisMathys is committed to motion worldwide. Founded in 1946, the company has been active in medical technology since 1958 and focuses on the development, manufacture and distribution of joint replacement products. The company's services include implants for hip, knee, shoulder and sports orthopaedics, and synthetic bone graft substitute. Headquartered in Bettlach, Switzerland, Mathys has development and production sites in Switzerland and Germany, as well as subsidiaries in 11 countries, and has been part of the US-based company Enovis™ since 2021. Enovis is committed to measurably improving patient outcomes by developing specialised solutions to clinical problems.

Since 1988 NANOVAL develops and manufactures metal powders and turnkey plants for its production by using a patented gas atomization method. The powder is very fine (d50 as low as 4 µm), round, are inherent in tight particle size distribution and are forthcoming in small sample amounts as well as up to tonnages. Fields of application for the Nanoval powders are in the dental field, in additive manufacturing, in soft-, hard and active-soldering, in thermal spraying, in metal injection molding as well as for diamond tools and for shape memory components. The powders are being produced both from NE-metals such as Al and Cu and also on the basis of steel, iron, nickel and cobalt. Additionally, precious metals such as silver, gold and platinum are also becoming increasingly important. The powders are classified on own sieving and separating equipment with straight cuts between 5 and 200 µm.


Oerlikon AM is a leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for the metal and polymer processing industries as well as conventional manufacturing services.

The extensive portfolio of solutions offered by Oerlikon AM ranges from the manufacturing of the company’s own metal powders for 3D printing, through research and development, to the codevelopment and manufacturing of high-quality and performance-optimized components for customers around the world.

The comprehensive and locally available portfolio includes material, process and application engineering, certified manufacturing processes for individual target industries, post-processing of components and quality management.

As one of the Oerlikon Group’s business units with decades of expertise in the area of materials and coating solutions, Oerlikon AM provides its customers with unique and integrated solutions ranging from selecting materials, through the manufacturing process to the post-processing of components using functional coatings.

Oerlikon AM supplies the medical, aerospace, energy, automotive and tooling sectors as well as additional high-tech industries and together with Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco forms the Surface Solutions segment of the Swiss-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL).

Oerlikon AM employs more than 250 people at its five sites in Europe, the US and China, and is part of the Oerlikon Group, which has 11,100+ employees in 37 countries.

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RENA Technologies Austria is an E2E process provider and technical partner for innovative functional metal surfaces. The surface of a component is typically of critical importance for its industrial application. Our deep understanding of the actual surface reactions provides the basis for the relevant electrochemical surface processes to get the optimum result. Fast and reliable application of new processes to customer production facilities is ensured by our knowledge-based development instead of trial and error. Our products are, on the one hand, multifunctional coating systems based on pulse plating for the comprehensive protection of technical components and, on the other hand, processes and modules for the surface treatment of 3D-printed metallic components. The industrially tested and fully automated technology of Hirtisation® offers a powerful tool for the post-treatment of 3D-printed metal components: Sintered particles and support structures are reliably removed and surfaces are leveled and cleaned. Hirtisation®, the world's first fully automatic and autonomous post-processing, uses a combination of chemical and dynamic electrochemical as well as hydrodynamic processes without machining. The process, based on liquid media, reaches deep into cavities and undercuts.

Our offer is supplemented by the possibilities for process control, layer characterization and failure analysis as Austria's largest electroplating laboratory as well as extensive industrial engineering services for the industrial implementation of new electroplating process solutions.

SchaefflerAs a leading global automotive and industrial supplier, the Schaeffler Group has been driving forward pioneering inventions and developments in the fields of motion and mobility for over 75 years. With innovative technologies, products, and services in the fields of electromobility, CO₂-efficient drives, Industry 4.0, digitalization, and renewable energies, the company is a reliable partner for making motion and mobility more efficient, intelligent, and sustainable. The technology company produces precision components and systems for powertrains and chassis as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a wide range of industrial applications.

For Schaeffler, additive manufacturing offers great potential with regard to the manufacturing of the future. Within the company, the "Advanced Manufacturing" division is driving the use of this manufacturing technology for tomorrow's products and tools by already testing it in projects in product pre-development, among other things. In addition to commercially available metallic and polymer materials, the company relies heavily on materials that are only available on the market to a limited extent. Schaeffler operates additive manufacturing facilities for industrial and automotive applications as well as tools in its global production network.

The main research of the Chair of Virtual Product Development at TU Dresden is oriented towards digital methodologies and enhanced development procedures for engineering design processes. Useful digitalization and technological capabilities need to be examined and understood before transferring analogous and physical models to their virtual counterpart in a purposeful manner. Along the design process, the Chair is dedicated to the challenge of leveraging the potentials of development organization and decision-making. By gathering and extending approaches of design methodology, additive manufacturing and applied computer science, the chair creates the foundations for future technological tools for computer-aided development. A holistic perspective of the respective development fields in the product development process constitute the following thematic fields and the main research focus of the Chair:

  • Integral exploration of process modeling tools in data and information management and further development of agile management paradigms for product development processes of cyber-physical systems in the field of Product Lifecycle Management
  • Further development of digital engineering techniques for the interdisciplinary fusion of automatable design methodologies for geometrical data in the field of Reverse Engineering
  • User-centered product development for the integration of human decisions into data and information flows in the field of Human Behavior in Design