European Conference Industrial Technologies 2016

DIPLAT was presented during the European Conference Industrial Technologies 2016 on 22 – 24 June in the RAI Amsterdam. IndTech is the largest networking conference in the field of new production technologies, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology and digitalisation in Europe, with high level delegates. Industrial Technologies 2016 – Creating a Smart Europe- was organized as an associated event of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2016.

Logo Industrial Technologies 2016

For further information on the conference follow this link.

You will find the poster presenting DIPLAT here.

Impact: the new EFFRA newsletter

Impact, the first public newsletter from the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), was launched in June 2016. The publication focuses on projects launched under the EU’s research and innovation programme for advanced manufacturing – ‘Factories of the Future’ (FoF). Since its start in 2010 the FoF programme has enabled the launch of 208 projects which in turn are responsible for exploitable technologies, demonstrators, pilot activities and spin-off companies. Such results are having a substantial impact on the European manufacturing industry across multiple sectors. The newsletter aims at making the work and results of the projects known to a broader European audience.

Laser machining
Laser machining of a fluted tool

The first issue features an interesting article on DIPLAT project (p6-8).

You will find the newsletter here.

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

Aerospace Techdays 2016

The DIPLAT project was presented at the Aerospace Techdays 2016. The meeting, which took place in Lyon, offers to the members of the Aerospace Cluster Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne the possibility to present the latest innovations which will impact the aerospace industry. Diamoutils, member of the cluster and of the DIPLAT consortium, decided to present the results of the DIPLAT project. Jean François Bucourt (Diamoutils) and Josquin Pfaff (ETH Zurich) presented how pulsed laser ablation would expand the possibilities of tool manufacturer of abrasive surfaces for materialographic analysis, dressing and grinding tools and solid PCD drills and mills.

(c) Aerospace Techdays 2016 (c) Aerospace Techdays 2016


GrindTec 2016 – a great success for DIPLAT

DIPLAT @ GrindTec

The DIPLAT project was presented at this year’s GrindTec fair, at the booth of the United Grinding Group. The presentation of the project results and the live demonstration of the production of milling tools were most certainly one of the highlights of the fair. The tools were produced, on a fully automated LaserLine Ultra (EWAG AG), using laser processes developed during DIPLAT.

Have a glimpse on how fluted tools are produced using the PLA technology developed during the DIPLAT project.