Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

R&D Composite Center: Static/fatigue dimensioning; high-volume production thermosets/thermoplastics (mold/process/machine development); thermoplastic tape/prepreg production, thermoforming; liquid composite molding (RTM, wet pressing); thermoplastic/thermoset/foam injection molding; LFT/SMC/GMT compression molding and simulation; polyurethane technologies (foaming/non-foaming); additive manufacturing; certified testing laboratory; consulting/training/further education.

Seffenter Weg 201
Aachen, 52074 DE

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Research project reports potential for tape inserts in injection molding
The research consortium, led by the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production and the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, will present its results at K 2019.

Research project claims CFRP part production at half cost, faster throughput
The iComposite 4.0 project, led by Schuler AG and its partners, has tested its new production process with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic automotive prototype parts.

thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts

AZL and IKV explore thermoplastic tapes in injection molded parts
Study explores how thermoplastic tapes might reduce costs and increase performance of injection molded parts.

iComposite 4.0 AZL Schuler press glass fiber spray deposition preform with local carbon fiber UD patches

iComposite 4.0 — cutting composites cost by 50%
An intelligent, integrated process using 3D fiber spraying, inline inspections/simulation and embedded RFID chips to cut scrap and rejections for structural HP-RTM epoxy parts.

carbon fiber

Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015 report
The composites industry in Germany is preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Fiber reinforcement forms (2015)
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

CAMISMA’s car seat back: Hybrid composite for high volume
Recycled fibers, in-situ polymerized PA12 and steel inserts combined in one-shot process to cut weight 40 percent at competitive cost, cycle time and safety.

SAMPE Seattle 2014 Report
The Society’s reconfigured Spring advanced materials event in Seattle, Wash., attracts speakers, exhibitors and attendees in large numbers and international dimensions.

Thermoplastic composites: Sustainable transport
Cyclic PBT oligomers used to mold Class 8 semitrailer bed via vacuum-bag processing.

Product Categories of Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University

Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Diaphragm forming
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Pressure forming
    • Prototyping
    • Pultrusion
    • Reaction injection molding (RIM)
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Sprayup
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
    • Surface treatment
    • Vacuum forming
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
    • Welding and sealing
    • Other thermoplastics fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Custom compounding and blending
    • Diaphragm forming
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Pressure forming
    • Prototyping
    • Pultrusion
    • Reaction injection molding (RIM)
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Sprayup
    • Structural reaction injection molding (SRIM)
    • Surface treatment
    • Vacuum forming
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
    • Welding and sealing
    • Other thermoset fabricating services
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, aircraft interior
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Marine, other
  • Pressure vessels
  • Profiles
  • Rods
  • Tubes
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Education/Training
  • Market research
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development
    • Consulting, structual design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product
    • Testing, structural