The team of IwF GmbH stands out due to the young professionals, who drive the concept of tool-free production in its further development through curiosity and innovative thinking. Due to the close cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, especially with the GoetheLab for Additive Manufacturing and the Aachen Centre for 3D Printing, it is possible to convey and support not only the theory, but above all the practice in an industry-oriented way.
The team focuses on “metal” and “plastics” in additive production. In addition to material and feasibility studies, AM-compatible design and optimization in the process chain of the laser beam melting process are important fields of activity in the metal sector. In addition to process development and customer-related contract research, the plastics group is also responsible for the design, development and optimization of 3D printers.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Gebhardt
Partner and Managing Director
After studying mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen), 1973-1978, and obtaining his doctorate “summa cum laude” at RWTH Aachen University (1986), he was Managing Director of Erasmus & Willms Motorentechnik GmbH & Co KG in Aachen from 1986-1992 and, overlapping from 1991, also Managing Director of LASER Bearbeitungs- und Beratungszentrum NRW GmbH, LBBZ-NRW, Aachen as part of a research project on laser hardening of crankshafts.
In this position, he began to deal with what was then known as rapid prototyping, the generative manufacturing processes. In the course of research and development in this new field, 147 relevant publications were published in Germany and abroad up to the year 2000, including the Hanser reference book “Additive Manufacturing Processes: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing for Prototyping – Tooling – Production” (5th edition 2016, 736 pages) and the more compact version “3D Printing: Basics and Applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM)” (2nd edition 2016, 234 pages).
Since 1996 he has been managing director of CP-Centrum für Prototypenbau GmbH, Erkelenz, a service provider for generatively manufactured prototypes with 50 employees, which was founded from LBBZ-NRW GmbH. In the course of projects for the introduction of generative processes, e.g. in Bangalore, India, he was appointed by UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, as an “International Expert on Rapid Prototyping”. In 2000, he was appointed professor for “High-performance processes in manufacturing technology and additive manufacturing” at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen.
Dr.-Ing. Julia Kessler
Partner and Managing Director
PhD student and head of construction
From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Schwarz worked in Prof. Gebhardt’s “Department of High Performance Processes in Manufacturing Engineering and Additive Manufacturing” at the FH Aachen. There he was responsible for the metallic additive production and the constructive implementation of new design possibilities. He also taught the course Rapid Prototyping.
In the context of his doctorate, Mr. Schwarz is working on new design possibilities for welding additively produced components and their fields of application.
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Bremen