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Celebrating 50 Years of Forming Technology in Dortmund

"Impulses and Innovations in Metal Forming" - Celebrations on the occasion of the IUL’s 50th anniversary

Celebrating 50 years of Forming Technology in Dortmund: On September 8 and 9, 2022, the anniversary celebration of the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components (IUL) took place in Dortmund. Many companions of the institute from Germany and abroad accepted the invitation and took the festivities as an opportunity for a professional and personal exchange.

Guests at the evening reception

On the first day of the festivities the technical symposium "Impulses and Innovations in Metal Forming" was dedicated to the future of forming technology. The international audience was able to discover innovations and the latest processes in six exciting presentations in the fields of sheet metal forming, production of forming machines, forming simulations, material characterization, impulse and high-speed forming, and data-driven models in sheet metal forming. The guests had lively discussions after the presentations with the contributing professors Zhigang Wang (Japan), Peter Groche (Germany), Frédéric Barlat (South Korea), A. Erman Tekkaya (IUL), Glenn Daehn (USA), and Dirk Mohr (Switzerland) from international research institutions.

Guests in the Experimental Hall
Lecture by Prof. Glenn Daehn

The second day of the event celebrated a half-century of the institute's history in all its facets. Distinguished guests from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, universities, industry, and associations honored the institute's successes and developments and emphasized the good cooperation over the past decades in their speeches. IUL alumni honored 50 years of the institute's history by looking back on the beginnings of the institute, which was established in 1972 under the direction of Professor Eberhard von Finckenstein as the Chair of Forming Manufacturing Processes (Lehrstuhl für Umformende Fertigungsverfahren). The chair was founded soon after the founding of Universität Dortmund (later TU Dortmund University). Finally, the speakers illustrated the path to today's Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Components (IUL) under the direction of Professor Matthias Kleiner and Professor A. Erman Tekkaya. Today, the institute is one of the most internationally renowned and largest institutes in its field. It is characterized by broad-based, excellent research and a high level of education for students and young scientists. A special moment was also the tribute to Professor Kleiner on the occasion of his retirement. The attendants of the festivities gave a warm welcome to Gerd von Finckenstein, the son of Professor Eberhard von Finckenstein.

During the ceremony, the institute's staff informed the guests about the latest technological developments in forming technology during guided lab tours and demonstrated processes on the machines in the experimental hall. Another highlight was the bicycle tour starting from the institute to Thyssenkrupp's Rothe Erde site in Dortmund. There, on a guided tour of the plant site, the participants gained insight into the production of large-diameter antifriction bearings and seamless rolled rings. The tour continued through the western city center and past the stadium of Dortmund’s famous soccer club BVB 09 back to the IUL.

Feintool hands over a bell as a gift to the IUL
A bell as a gift from Feintool to the IUL


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Location & approach

From highway “A1”

At intersection “Dortmund/Unna” change to highway “A44” in the direction of Dortmund, which becomes the B1. Take the exit “Dortmund-Dorstfeld”, in the direction of “Universität”. Turn right onto “Planetenfeldstraße”, after 850 meters turn left onto “Otto-Hahn-Straße”. After 1 km turn right onto “Marie-Curie-Allee”, after 550 meters keep slightly right to stay on “Baroper Straße”.

From highway “A45”

Take the exit “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen”, in the direction of “Universität”. Turn right onto “Stockumer Straße”, after 800 meters turn left onto “Baroper Straße”.

Please use parking lot entrances 40 or 41 for access to the “Maschinenbau III” building or entrance 42 for access to the Experimental Hall.

  • Arrival with DB to Dortmund or Bochum central station.
  • From Dortmund central station take the interurban train line S1 in the direction of Düsseldorf and get off at the stop “Dortmund Universität S”.
  • From Bochum central station with the interurban train line S1 in the direction of Dortmund and get off at the stop “Dortmund Universität S”
  • From the interurban stop “Dortmund Universität S”, take the elevated railway (“H-Bahn” stop “Universität S”) to the stop “Campus Süd”.

From Dortmund Airport

Take a cab to the TU Dortmund University, South Campus (“Campus Süd”) or take the AirportExpress in 20 min. to Dortmund central station. From there take the interurban train line S1 line in the direction of Düsseldorf to the stop “Dortmund Universität S” and from there the elevated railway (“H-Bahn”) to “Campus Süd”.

From Düsseldorf Airport

Take the interurban train line S1 in the direction of Dortmund and get off at the stop “Dortmund Universität S”. From here, take the elevated railway (“H-Bahn”) in the direction of “Campus Süd”.

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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