Fields of Expertise
The mobility turnaround, disruptive technologies, global production networks and shorter product life cycles present established and new vehicle manufacturers with increasingly underestimated challenges, which the Department of Vehicle Production meets with approaches from the research fields of production engineering, artificial intelligence and industry 4.0.
Through a comprehensive understanding of agile project and product development methods, production technologies and processes as well as vehicle requirements, we explore applications of innovative, flexible and adaptable production processes and concepts as well as production-oriented product and resource design.
Vehicle Body Construction
The expertise of the "Body Construction" Group lies in its understanding of the high variance in manufacturing and joining processes and the resulting requirements placed on operating resources and production processes. The research areas are divided into tool and fixture technologies, body construction 4.0 and process development with the aim of reducing industrialization costs and increasing product and production flexibility.
The prototyping group develops practical methods and technologies for the rapid and cost-effective provision of prototypes. The aim is to realize early product validation during development in order to accelerate the development process and to be able to react quickly to design changes. Prototyping is thus an essential instrument for validating innovative ideas and concepts in the field of mobility and production and ensuring their feasibility.
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The department offers holistic consulting and support from the idea on the white paper through virtual and physical prototypes to the development of a comprehensive implementation strategy in the products and production systems of our partners along the entire value chain of vehicle production. Our goal is to support our partners in efficiently turning our research results or their ideas into reality.
In addition to engineering consulting services, our close partnerships with the start-up factory of RWTH Aachen University and the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing provide space for real testing and qualification of ideas in a simulated production environment.
The early involvement of the partners in finding solutions as part of the comprehensive range of consulting services promises a value-enhancing project implementation according to the respective specific wishes.
Concrete offers are:
Vehicle Body Construction
- reduction of operating resources through alternative product concepts and manufacturing processes
- increase of the efficiency of quality assurance through the use of machine learning
- development of flexible production processes
- strategy development for the car body construction of the future concerning industry 4.0, digitalization, artificial intelligence, swarm production
- Development of new methods and technologies for prototyping
- Product and production process validation using physical prototypes
- Additive mold and tool making
The ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH bundles the competencies and resources of additive manufacturing on the RWTH Aachen Campus and offers access to unique know-how, consulting services and further education within the framework of individual industry partnerships.
The RampUp-Factory of RWTH Aachen offers SMEs the opportunity to test their ideas on rentable assembly areas and production machines with the support of the RWTH's competence team, prototypically and pre-serially.
With the Demonstration Factory Aachen DFA we offer a reference factory to experience industry 4.0 "live". The aim of the DFA is to closely link practice, research and further education in the field of Industry 4.0.
IGO3D Business Solutions supports companies in the integration of additive technologies. You are also welcome to visit our Application Center in the RampUp-Factory, where we present technologies and applications.
We are happy to cooperate with Streetscooter Research GmbH with a consulting service in the field of integrated product and process development.
The WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH is the leading partner of the toolmaking industry in the business fields of consulting, training, research and network & demonstration toolmaking.