Welcome to the website of the Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines – PtU.

Head of PtU: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Peter Groche
Head of PtU: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Peter Groche

The Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines is one of the departments of the faculty of mechanical engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Today forming technology is one of the important industrial basic technologies and of enormous importance to our modern industrialized society. In research and teaching we thoroughly examine questions with regard to new processes and technologies as well as microscopic phenomena. We act within research areas such as new press technologies and production processes but at the same time link with fundamental research issues. I assume that we can offer you an attractive and comprehensive scope of information and hope you enjoy discovering the fascinating possibilities of forming technology.

You may, of course, contact us for any questions and suggestions. We are looking forward to getting in touch with you.


  • 2017/04/19

    Beitragsfreie Schulungen zu Industrie 4.0


    Im Rahmen des Förderschwerpunktprogramms „Mittelstand-Digital – Strategien zur digitalen Transformation der Unternehmensprozesse“ vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), ist das Mittelstand 4.0 – Kompetenzzentrum als Teil der Förderinitiative „Mittelstand 4.0 – Digitale Produktions- und Arbeitsprozesse“ in Darmstadt entstanden.

  • 2017/04/10

    Manufacturing Integrated Design

    12 Jahre Sonderforschungsbereich auf 336 Seiten

    Motiviert durch unzählige Erkenntnisse aus 12 Jahren Forschung zum Thema „Integrale Blechbauweisen höherer Verzweigungsordnung“ hat der Sonderforschungsbereich ein Buch herausgebracht, das nicht nur ein Sammelwerk wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse verschiedener Einzeldisziplinen darstellt, sondern darüber hinaus eine disziplinübergreifende Sicht auf ein Vorgehen eröffnet, das Innovation als Synthese aus Produkten und dessen Lebenslaufprozessen sieht.

  • 2017/04/05

    The BMBF joint project RobIN 4.0 was successfully completed after three years of work on December the 31st, 2016

    Gruppenbild Robin 4.0 Tagung

    On April 4th, 2017, the final event took place at the PtU in Darmstadt.

  • 2017/03/22

    3D-Drucker zur Verbesserung der Durchführung von studentischen Arbeiten am PtU

    Im Rahmen des Projektes „Anschaffung eines 3D-Druckers für die effiziente Durchführung von Advanced Design Projects und studentischen Arbeiten“ zur Verbesserung der Qualität der Lehre und Studienbedingung hat das PtU einen 3D-Drucker des Typs Ultimaker 3 angeschafft.

  • 2017/03/17

    „Hessen-Technikum: Zukunft einfach ausprobieren!“ visited PtU

    „Hessen-Technikum: Zukunft einfach ausprobieren!“ visited PtU

    Hochschule Darmstadt − University of Applied Sciences − prepares and conducts a six-month program called Hessen-Technikum especially for high school graduates with a strong interest in STEM fields. The aim of the program is to prepare the participants for their study and career choice due to a combination of internships and trial courses.

  • 2017/03/01

    The ECRA study prize goes to…

    The European Cold Rolled Section Association (ECRA) donates annually a study prize of 1000 Euro for the project lecture of the collaborative research center (CRC666) entitled, ”Innovative steel metal products – From conceptual design to final component”. The ECRA study prizes awarded for the winner groups of winter semesters 2015–16 and 2016–17 were handed over during the evening event of the 10th symposium on roll forming by the chairman of ECRA, Mr. Ekkehard Böhm (Tillmann Profil).

  • 2017/02/27

    Hussmann Studies Award 2017

    Hussmann Studies Award 2017

    The Hussmann thesis award was awarded for the third time in order to honor an outstanding thesis in the field of roll forming and flow splitting.

  • 2017/02/03

    Excursion to Daimler plant Wörth

    31 students visited the Daimler plant Wörth within the scope of the lecture “Process Chains in Automotive Industry 1“.

    PtU offers the lecture “process chains in automotive industry” in cooperation with Daimler AG. The lecture given by Dr.-Ing. Steindorf offers deep insights into the processes in automotive industry.

  • 2017/02/01

    UT-Excursion winter term

    Within the lecture “forming technology”, the PtU regularly offers an excursion for the attending students to selected companies. This term, the excursion took place on 18th and 19th of January, 2017. After an early start in Darmstadt, the company Läpple Automotive GmbH in Heilbronn was visited.

  • 2016/05/30

    Project completion „Dry Shear Cutting of Sandwich Panels“


    At the beginning of the year, the research project „Dry Shear Cutting of Sandwich Panels“ was successfully completed. The two-year-project was funded by the Research Association for Steel Application (FOSTA) and the AiF. It was integrated in the AiF-/DFG-Cluster called “Dry Shear Cutting of metallic layered composite materials”. Special thanks are directed to the companies that supported the project by material supply and consulting.

    Further information and a detailed project descripion can be found via:

    Dry Shear Cutting of Sandwich Panels