Your Solution Provider and Pioneer in Lightweight Design

 

 

We are ready to support you during the early design stages as well as during serial production:

  • Development of optimized materials, processes and follow-up treatments
  • Expertise in stable casting processes
  • Product design development for cast solutions
  • Lightweight design optimization based on bionic principles
  • Reliable testing of prototypes and serial products

Find more about our comprehensive R&D service offer:

Our Development Teams

Material and Process Development
Material development lab in Schaffhausen

Both, the material and the process play a key role for the performance of a component. With the alloy and the follow-up treatment, we significantly influence the material properties as well as the weight, costs and the behavior of the casting during its entire lifetime. With the right joining technique, such as riveting or bonding, we develop and build optimized interfaces and create innovative lightweight solutions.

We can offer you the complete solution from the first sketch to the real, tangible and validated prototype.

Product Development

We not only ensure that our castings fulfill their specified requirements. Our key competence is to design and optimize the components regarding lightweight, function, feasibility and cost. We support your project from the first idea, up to a serial product. Please get in touch with us!

Our offer at a glance:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Product design development
  • Lightweight design optimization based on bionic principles
  • Topology optimization
  • FEA simulations
  • Filling and solidification simulation
  • Process-optimized design and simulations
 
Process Development

We continuously optimize our processes for all our manufacturing technologies. In all our foundries worldwide, we focus on high quality standards and process stability: with the latest production lines and decades of experience.

 
Accredited Testing and Validation

Accredited safety without compromises

Our components offer the safety, quality, and function expected by our customers and by ourselves. In our accredited testing laboratory, we validate solutions and guarantee the high quality of our serial products.

Faster development thanks to validation

With state-of-the-art testing methods we test materials, entire components or required functions during the development phase and evaluate the processes. As a result, development loops between prototyping and serial production can be reduced: optimizing the costs as well as the time frame.

Our R&D lab offers a wide range of accredited testing methods:

  • Static tests
  • Multi-channel dynamic bench tests with up to four channels
  • Impact tests
  • Verification of numerical simulation and validation
  • Measuring (strain gauge, GOM etc.)
  • Prototyping

In addition to the testing of our GF Casting Solutions components, we also validate external products. Get in touch with us!

Central R&D Locations

Schaffhausen

Our central Research and Development department is located at our Division headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Learn more about the GF Casting Solutions headquarter location:

Suzhou

Our Research and Development team for Asia is located in Suzhou, China and supports with long-standing know-how for our production locations in China. 

You want to learn more about our R&D projects?

Cross Car Beam

Reducing weight and optimizing functionality: the light Magnesium component conquers the cockpit offering many integrated functions!

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