7th Cirp Conference on High Performance Cutting

The 7th Cirp Conference on High Performance Cutting took place from May 31st until June 2nd, 2016 in Chemnitz, Germany. The conference, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is aimed for both scientists and leading engineers in industry and research institutions. The conference, headed »Productivity versus Robustness« focused on the inter-actions of machine, control, process, tool and the complex interdependency with the objective of resource-efficient production.


Several publications of DIPLAT partner IWF of ETH Zurich explored the potentials of PLA for the manufacturing of high performance cutting tools. Two papers based on the research done during the DIPLAT project were presented at the conference:

  • Geometry Optimization of Polycrystalline Diamond Tools for the Milling of Sintered ZrO2 (to be found here)
  • Laser Touch Dressing of Electroplated CBN Grinding Tools (to be found here)

Further research results from the institute on the usage of PLA in the manufacturing of tools were also presented:

  • Post-Coating Treatment of Cutting Edge for Drilling Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (to be found here)
  • Comparison of Ground and Laser Machined Wiper Geometry on Carbide Inserts for High Performance Finishing (to be found here)

Last but not least Prof. Wegener held a Keynote presentation on the history and prospects of the cutting processes amongst other production processes. The evolutions of the cutting tools in regards to material, coatings, geometry… were underlined and in particular the advantages of PLA for the manufacturing were emphasized. The paper can be found here