The Institute of Machining Technology (ISF) at Dortmund Technical University (TU) has spent more than four decades researching and teaching in the field of machining covering all relevant machining processes and related technical subjects. A team of research associates are currently working in the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) Transregio 73. As part of sub projects B2 and B3, research is being conducted into the manufacture and modification of forming machines on which very hard tool steels (> 60 HRC) have to be machined with micro tools. Kistler provided the ISF with the new MicroDyn 9109AA cutting force dynamometer for the project. Thanks to its very high natural frequency, the world's smallest dynamometer unlocks completely new possibilities for the institute in the development of its micromachining processes – with astounding results.
The ISF currently numbers more than 80 research associates, technical and student supporting staff, who are engaged in three research departments: machining, grinding technology and simulation and process development. The departments are equipped with modern machine tools and machining centers to achieve machining processes of the highest standard. The scientists also have access to comprehensive measurement technology and a computer infrastructure with well-developed basic equipment. Suitable premises and laboratories enable tests to be performed in the right framework conditions and the results precisely evaluated.