New Research Building

High-Tech near Munich: Bundled Foundry Expertise

| Editor: Nicole Kareta

To drive research in foundry technology, Fraunhofer is constructing a new building on the research campus near the TUM Campus Garching. The foundation stone for construction on the 36,500 m2 site was laid on October 11th, 2019.

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The laying of the foundation stone of the foundry pilot plant Garching took place on 11th October 2019.
The laying of the foundation stone of the foundry pilot plant Garching took place on 11th October 2019.
(Source: Fraunhofer IGCV)

Since 2016, the Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV has been researching innovative foundry topics in Garching. In the future, the scientists will find the best conditions to advance further developments in foundry technology: The foundation stone for a new building was laid on 11th October 2019. A Fraunhofer research campus is currently being built on the 36,500 m2 site near the TUM Campus Garching. In addition to the Fraunhofer IGCV, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC and the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technology ESK will open new locations here.

"With the new foundry pilot plant here in Garching, we are further expanding existing strategy and synergy effects with the neighbouring natural and engineering science faculties and facilities in Science City Garching - and thus strengthening our core competencies in indirect additive production, molding materials, process development and analytics," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk, head of the Institute and responsible for the scientific area of foundry technology at the Fraunhofer IGCV. Customers from the automotive, mechanical engineering and aerospace industries in particular benefit from this. "With this combination and in such a location, we are in an excellent starting position for interdisciplinary research". A total of 20 jobs will be created at the new Garching location.

Future-Oriented Foundry Technology at the Fraunhofer IGCV

The foundry competence of the Fraunhofer IGCV developed from the foundry working group of the utg of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The new team started its work in July 2016 together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Function Integrated Lightweight Construction FIL of the Fraunhofer ICT and the Project Group Resource Efficient Mechatronic Processing Machines RMV of the Fraunhofer IWU as the new Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV in Augsburg and Garching. Since then, researchers in this scientific field have been generating individual solutions for industry - always with the aim of transferring knowledge from research and development into industrial applications.

For the Garching foundrymen, the main focus is on molding materials, sand and gravity die casting processes and simulation. In the field of molding materials, inorganic binders and novel combinations of basic molding materials are of particular interest. In the area of sand and gravity die casting, particular interest is on novel approaches for the integration of quality assurance measures as well as the embedding of casting technology systems in overall control solutions (Industry 4.0). The Simulation Department has set itself the task of closing existing gaps in the prediction of casting processes. It is important to consider novel issues such as hybrid solutions when designing new simulations. In addition, exciting solutions for remote cooperation are also being researched. These can be virtual production environments, but also visualizations via augmented reality.

Metal Meets Sand: Building in the Context of the Casting Process

From mold production to the finishing process, research is carried out at each individual step and further developments driven forward. This is also reflected in the character of the building: from the interior design to the exterior facade, the materials are derived from the basic structures of the raw materials and the foundry materials. Mold and core sand as well as metallic surfaces define the appearance of the new building. In future, various functional areas will be accommodated on the 1,500 m² main usable area. The heart of the building is the foundry hall, which will be supplemented by workshops, laboratory areas, meeting and seminar rooms, office areas for scientists, administration and community and communication zones. The move-in is planned for summer 2021.

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