Institute of Applied Powder Metallurgy and Ceramics at RWTH Aachen e. V.

Welcome to
the IAPK.

The IAPK is an institute affiliated with RWTH Aachen, a leading technical university in Germany. We have been carrying out R&D, providing expert consulting and offering many other services in all matters relating to powder metallurgy and technical ceramics since 1987. Today, we continue to operate at the interface between scientific research and practical application. One of our key goals is to establish even stronger connections between science and industry.


IWM-IAPK-Kolloquium 2024

The Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering (IWM) at RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Applied Powder Metallurgy and Ceramics at RWTH Aachen e.V.. (IAPK) invite you to next year's colloquium of the institute network under the title "Development of Tool Materials". On March 21st, 2024 in TEMA Pyramid ten lectures in German language will be held.

The following lectures are already confirmed:

  • Tool materials for applications at the limits of manufacturing technology (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bergs, WZL RWTH Aachen University)
  • Carbide - a scientific and sustainable approach for use as cutting tools and wear products (Dr.-Ing. Uwe Schleinkofer, Ceratizit)
  • HiPIMS: Research paves the way for coating technology for future tool manufacturing markets (Dr.-Ing. Christoph Schiffers, CemeCon AG)
  • From the cutting insert to the complex tool - ceramic cutting materials for the machining of wood and composite materials (Dr. Michael Zins, Fraunhofer IKTS)
  • Max-phase composites with adjustable coefficient of thermal expansion for precision glass pressing (Dr.-Ing. Simone Herzog, IWM/IAPK)
  • Current trends in the field of tool steel (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Escher, Dörrenberg)
  • Additive manufacturing of tool steel - motivation, problems and solutions (Prof. Dr. Arne Röttger, FUW Uni Wuppertal)
  • Material development for the additive manufacturing of carbide-rich tool steels by LPBF (Marie Luise Scheck, IAPK/IWM RWTH Aachen University)
  • Hybrid 3D printing of novel tool materials with PBF-LB/M (Michael Ackers, Kolibri Metal GmbH)
  • Production of hot work tool steels by LPBF: How microstructure influences thermal conductivity, toughness and hardness (Siyuan Qin, IWM)

During the colloquium, numerous interesting lectures are held on current research topics from science and industry leading to further discussions.

The exchange among colleagues on current issues is always a welcome opportunity to get up to date.

For further information and registration please refer to the website.


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Our areas of expertise.

From powder to components: at the IAPK, we focus on the entire process chain.

Our range of research, development and services encompasses all fields relating to powder metallurgical and ceramic material development and component manufacturing. This includes design and simulation, powder processing and shaping, consolidation via sintering processes, thermal processing and component testing.

Our team places special emphasis on the complex joining techniques of ceramic structural components with metallic and other ceramic components. With the help of computer aided numerical simulations, we also generate lifetime predictions relating to specific operating conditions, such as cyclic loading and elevated temperature loading.

»Whether for the purpose of performing research or providing services, we have permanent access to the state-of-the-art technical equipment of our institute alliance.«

Our Association of Sponsors.

The IAPK is a non-profit organisation that receives support from an Association of Sponsors known as the Förderverein. This association is composed of individuals and companies active in the sector, and its goal is to facilitate and promote the scientific work carried out at the institute. It also functions as a strong and competent network of members, all of whom benefit directly from rapid access to our research findings and active involvement in shaping our research work.