Introduction: CNC Styrocutting

Introduction: CNC Styrocutting Christoph Rafoth, Head of the Digital Workshop, introduced us to the use of the CNC Styrocut machine. The machine has two spatial axes and a rotary axis and uses a hot wire to cut geometric shapes out of solid foam blocks. The materials to be processed include Styrofoam (EPS), Styrodur as well …

Introduction: DIY particle foaming

Introduction: DIY particle foaming Particle foaming of EPS (expanded polystyrene) is a widely used process in the industry and is used to manufacture lightweight and robust products such as packaging, insulation and other applications.In the introduction to particle foaming in the pressure cooker, we first illustrated the production of molded parts and the industrial process …

Excursion: Kurtz Ersa

Excursion: Kurtz Ersa On Friday, we made a final stop on our three-day excursion at Kurtz Ersa in Kreuzwertheim near Würzburg, a mechanical engineering company that is now in its 7th generation of family management. The company, which was founded in 1779 as a hammer forge and later merged with the soldering machine manufacturer Ersa, …

Excursion: Fraunhofer ICT

Excursion: Fraunhofer ICT The first day of the excursion took us, the students of the “Precious Particle” project, to the Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal. Before we went into the research rooms of the institute, Mr. Schmidt first gave a brief introduction to particle foams in general and their manufacturing processes. A basic distinction is made …

Getting Started: Sustainability

Getting Started: Sustainability To kick off our semester, we explored scientific methods and issues relating to sustainability in the SustainLab. As a theoretical object, we dealt with a bicycle helmet made of EPS. From the cradle to the grave. We explored the following aspects and methods in greater depth: Life cycle inventoryQuantification and compilation of …

Preparation homework

Preparation homework Research before the start of the course The students’ task before the start of the semester was to research a specific, self-chosen location, a situation such as a fish market, a pharmacy or a snack bar, where particle foams are used.The students observed the location and documented the impressions that the particle foam …