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Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werstoffe e.V.

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The Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e. V. (FGW)[1], based in

Remscheid, is a private, non-profit institution for applied research founded in 1952.

Founded as a neutral serviceprovider for research and development, the FGW supports

companies through industrial transfer. This is what they do in collaborative research.

The FGW maintains the four fields of competence Tooling, Smart Materials, Additive

Manufacturing and Digital Transformation.

The Tooling division deals with industry-related and application-oriented research and

development for the tool, cutlery, cutting and household industries. The competencies

range from materials technology, design, process and production engineering to

increased process design for improved and innovative processes and products.

Smart Materials includes the application-oriented design and development of products

based on shape memory alloys. This includes special systems with thermal shape

memory actuators, shape memory-based springs, dampers, sensors and connection


In additive manufacturing, FGW uses processes for the production of 3D printed

components from plastics as well as from metals and is actively researching processes

for industrial series use as well as for increasing the quality of the components.

Furthermore, FGW supports companies in the course of digitalization with digital

transformation, starting with technology scouting through concept development and

feasibility studies to prototype development and the introduction of new processes and


The VPA Prüf- und Zertifizierungs GmbH, which emerged from the VPA Versuchs

und Prüfanstalt founded in 1923, also has its headquarters in the FGW building. The

testing organisation deals with material and component testing, damage case analysis

as well as the evaluation of product quality and the issue of test certificates. This also

includes the authorisation to award the seal for tested safety (GS test mark) on the basis

of the Product Safety Act (GPSG), which means accreditation by the Zentralstelle der

Länder für Sicherheitstechnik (ZLS) and recognition by the Federal Ministry of Labour

and Social Affairs as a GS test centre for technical work equipment. The VPA was

founded in 1923 by the Bergische Werkzeug- und Schneidwarenindustrie to support

the local economy and was integrated into the Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge

und Werkstoffe e. V. in 1986

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  1. V, FGW Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e. "FGW Forschungsgemeinschaft Werkzeuge und Werkstoffe e. V. -". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2019-06-03.