IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung

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IWK - the combination of science and practice for innovative solutions with modern materials, production processes and multi-material technology

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IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung December 11, 2018
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Research and Development Composite Technology/Lightweight

The IWK is the research and development partner for companies in the fields of fiber composite technology and lightweight construction. The Institute will develop fundamental solutions for problems of practical relevance.

IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung September 4, 2018
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Research and development Connection technology

Are you looking for the right joining technology for a specific challenge? Our institute is your partner for research and development in the field of connection technology. We will find the right solution for you in applied research through the use of new joining processes and new materials.

IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung September 4, 2018
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Research and development in injection moulding / PUR

The IWK is the research and development partner for companies in injection moulding and PUR. The Institute can develop fundamental solutions for problems of practical relevance.

IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung August 6, 2018
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Lightweight injection molded integral foams

The thermoplastic foam injection moulding process has a high lightweight construction potential without losing rigidity. The process is particularly interesting for lightweight construction applications and is therefore being investigated at the IWK.

IWK Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung November 3, 2016
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Composite Annulus Filler for Rolls-Royce Jet Engines

Together with FACC, IWK has developed a composite annulus filler for the next generation of Rolls-Royce jet engines. The part comes as metal replacement, thus saving weight and increasing safety, and is manufactured in a cost-efficient RTM process.

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Standards, Products, Services

  • S Product development
  • S Topology optimization
  • S Engineering of tools with conformal cooling
  • S Design of parts for additive manufacturing
  • S Reverse engineering
  • S Simulation (FEM, process simulation, etc.)
  • S Tools with conformal cooling
  • S material testin
  • S Microscopic material analysis
  • S Technology development
  • S Material development
  • S Application development
  • S Consulting
  • S Consulting additive manufacturing
  • S Workshops
  • S Contract research and development
  • S Further research and development
  • S Training
  • S Injection molding thermoplastics
  • S Multicomponent injection molding
  • S Further injection molding
  • S Extrusion
  • S Production of foams
  • S Processing of fibre composites
  • S Joining of plastics
  • S Production of materials (compounding, etc.)
  • S Additive manufacturing plastics
  • S Surface cleaning
  • S Extrusion tools
  • S Consulting industry 4.0
  • S Education
  • S CAD, MAS, courses with certificates and diplomas
  • S Further education and training
  • S Recycling

About us

Since its foundation in 2005, the IWK Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing at the HSR University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil has developed into a well-known competence centre for the plastics processing industry. As a competent partner for companies in the regional and supra-regional area, IWK offers services covering all aspects of the material groups of plastics, fibre composites and material composites.

The IWK has established itself as a competence centre for the most important plastics processing methods in Switzerland. The IWK has proven expertise in materials science, plastics processing and component development. IWK's laboratory equipment covers injection moulding, polyurethane processing, fiber composite processing, compounding, extrusion and material development. In addition, various smaller equipment such as materials testing machines, microscopy, mechanical and rheological testing equipment, climatic chambers etc. are available, which can be used for material characterization, component testing and quality control.

In the field of additive manufacturing IWK has know-how in the design (3D modelling), data preparation (slicer software), material development (FDM filaments), manufacturing (FDM) and characterisation (material testing) of prototype components. That's why the IWK has its own filament extrusion line as well as various FDM printers and the Arburg freeformer.