Micro Cold Forming – Processes, Characterization, Optimization
The Collaborative Research Center „micro cold forming“ (German: Sonderforschungsbereich 747 “Mikrokaltumformen”, short SFB 747) is a 12 year, long time basic research project financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It is located at University of Bremen since 2007. Central concern of the Collaborative Research Center is the provision of methods and processes for a systematic design of reliable micro cold forming processes with focus on its implementation in industrial applications of metallic micro components smaller than 1 mm, produced with lot sizes greater than one million pieces. An effective treatment of technical issues of micro metal forming requires an accurate consideration of basic material properties, their modifications owing to controlled process impacts, the resulting component properties and process design. Approximately 50 scientists from the disciplines of engineering, physics, material science and mathematics rise to these challenges in the expertise areas micro forming processes, tools, materials, properties and process design. During its activities the Research Center is attended by a network of industry partners.