Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Institute of Materials and Processes


Who are we?

The Institute of Materials and Processes (IMP) deals with the design, analysis and quality control of manufacturing processes. For this purpose, modern computer-aided methods such as artificial intelligence, machine and process simulation, and statistical design of experiments are used.

A special unique selling point is our materials testing technology/expertise, which allows detailed analysis of materials and process results.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kipfmüller


Phone: +49 (0)721 925-1905
martin.kipfmuellerspam prevention@h-ka.de

Deputy Head
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Pöhler

Phone: +49(0)721 925-1846
frank.poehlerspam prevention@h-ka.de

What are our research areas?

Miscroscopic view of different materials

Applied Materials Science

  • Material simulation on macroscale
  • Material and microstructure characterization
  • Development and optimization of new manufacturing technologies

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Cyber-physical production systems

  • Manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Development, optimization and networking of technical systems
  • Flexibilization of processes
  • AI in the field of complex hybrid technologies

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Production engineering

  • Milling up to 5-axis simultaneous machining
  • Turning
  • Ultrasonic vibratory lapping
  • Spark erosion (wire, countersinking and drilling erosion)

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Plastics technology

  • Injection molding: mold inserts produced using 3D printing
  • Extrusion: filament production
  • Generative manufacturing
  • Fiber composites and sandwich structure

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Robotics, generative manufacturing and AI

  • Tilt stabilization of mobile robots
  • Generative manufacturing processes such as FFF & SLM
  • Adaptive adjustment of process parameters by means of AI

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Transfer of knowledge and technology

  • Research and development of innovative solutions and processes
  • Generating and transferring technical knowledge
  • Promotion of skilled workers

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What do we offer?

For many years, the Institute of Materials and Processes has successfully developed methods, processes, and machines and implemented them in R&D projects.

Due to many years of experience, we can offer a wide range of expertise in different topics. Our goal is to transfer this knowledge and know-how from research to industry.

We aim to cooperate with companies that want to gain a market advantage with innovative ideas. We can support industrial partners in implementing these development projects in the following ways, among others:

  • Contract research
  • Feasibility studies
  • Tool life tests
  • Process analyses (e.g. force measurements, vibration analyses, high-speed recordings, statistical test planning ...)
  • Developing of improvement measures (e.g. to increase process stability, reduce throughput times ...)
  • Training courses
  • Support with application (ZIM cooperation projects)

Thanks to the large number of funding programs, there is also the possibility of implementing complex and costly development projects and thus minimizing the risks of innovative projects. These include for example:

  • ZIM
  • FH-Kooperativ

If you are interested in a cooperation or ideas for development projects, please contact us for a non-binding consultation.


Head of research and development
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Malte Blum


Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2067
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Head of technology transfer
Matthias Feiner M.Sc.


Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2076

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