The IWK (institute for plastic processing and material technologies), founded in 2005, is Switzerland's leading research institution for part design and production in plastics technology with about 50 employees. Our objective is to combine science and practice for innovative solutions with modern materials and production technologies.
The IWK is part of the OST - Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and is dedicated to advancing application-oriented research and development. With a focus on innovation and expertise, the institute collaborates with industry and academic partners to drive project-based cooperation and knowledge transfer.
Materials development and production, materials characterization, materials testing, failure analysis, thermoplastics and fibre-reinforced plastics, light metals, adhesives, multi-material structures
- Part development
Design and calculation of plastic and composite structures; lightweight construction, material selection, CAD, FEM, structural analysis, process simulation
- Processing technologies
Compounding, extrusion, injection molding, resin injection and autoclave technology, forming processes, tool and process technology, function and process integration
The IWK has established itself as a competence centre for the most important polymer processing methods in Switzerland. Specifically, this project will involve research in the fields of injection molding, compounding/extrusion, additive manufacturing, and composites.