Primary Forming and Shaping

Research Strategy

The primary forming and shaping technology are the two most significant production engineering aspects of the chair. This mix of different technologies is an ideal starting point for synergetic research projects. In an increasingly challenging and competitive environment, these technologies increase the relevance of the location in Germany.

A healthy mix of primary research and application-oriented development with innovative industrial companies' involvement is desirable for the chair. Therefore, we see our work as a link between teaching, primary research, and application-oriented development. Besides, the orientation towards industrial process chains is an important strategic goal of the chair. This goal ensures that fundamental developments at utg are also evaluated in terms of industrial feasibility and provide the opportunity for transfer projects. Of course, this only works with motivated and committed employees, who, due to the positive and friendly atmosphere at the chair, have an excellent chance of turning their creativity and ideas into concrete project results.


The Chair of Metal Forming and Casting at the Technical University of Munich was founded in 1968 and Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fritz Fischer was appointed to its first director. The high reputation of many of his alumni confirms the extraordinary quality of his work.

In 1994 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Hoffmann took over the chair in Garching near Munich. With more than 80 dissertations, a significant increase in the available office space, laboratory space, workshop space, and considerable growth in the number of students and graduates, Prof. Hoffmann took on a leading role in education and research of metal forming and casting.

In April 2011, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk was appointed as his follower to utg’s head of department.

For further information, download the commemorative publication of the chair's 50th anniversary and read a report on the commemorative event here.