The VDWF’s research association
Tool and mold making is a key industry. Its unique tools allow for the serial production of industrial goods. The industry in the German-speaking region is characterized by many small and medium-sized companies – many of whom do not have their own research and development departments. The VDWF research association supports these companies with the aim of ensuring the competitiveness of tool and mold making.
Among the 400 members of the association, there are about 20 universities, institutes, and research institutions at which practice-oriented questions are considered scientifically, and the results presented to the industry. The future of technological development is based on research and development of new processes for creating viable tools and molds for the efficient processing of a wide variety of materials. These many institutions are all brought together by the VDWF. With its locations at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid and the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences complementing the branch in Schwendi, the VDWF forms an interface between basic academic research and industrial applications. The VDWF connects science and industry.
In addition, the VDWF is involved in various technical committees, scientific working groups, and advisory boards such as for VDI guidelines or DIN standard committees.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Deutscher Werkzeug- und Formenbauer (FDWF)
In spring 2021, the Forschungsgemeinschaft Deutscher Werkzeug- und Formenbauer (FDWF) was founded on the initiative of the VDWF with 25 members, including 21 SMEs, the VDWF itself, the Lüdenscheid Plastics Institute and the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. The aim of the association is to support companies in the industry and to ensure the innovative strength and international competitiveness of tool, mold and die making through pre-competitive research and development.
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