Expert Industrial Tool and Die Making

Expert Industrial Tool and Die Making

Technologies and strategies for a sustainable tool and die making

What we offer

The certificate course ‘Expert Industrial Tool and Die Making‘ of the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie (WBA) contains essential core elements of industrial tool making and conveys to the participants concrete concepts and methods, with which traditionally more skilled tool-making companies can develop into industrial tool-making companies of international standard. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use current manufacturing technologies to optimize tooling processes, detect tool damage, and self-remediate. They acquire competences for the design, control and documentation of manufacturing processes as well as for the application of computer-aided design methods. Using the right models, participants will be able to plan, implement and optimize tooling services as well as independently develop and manage maintenance strategies. Furthermore, they learn to develop and implement automation solutions and apply numerical methods and simulation methods independently.


Target group

Manufacturing Professionals and Operational Leaders in Toolmaking at Mexican Automobile Manufacturers and Suppliers.

Course Objective

The increasing demand for highly complex tools poses a major challenge for the Mexican automotive sector. Currently neither OEMs and suppliers nor specialized toolmakers are able to meet the growing demand for new tools. WBA‘s „Expert Industrial Tool and Die Making“ training program aims to remedy this shortcoming and also provide tool repair and maintenance know-how. Faster availability of the tools needed will make WBA‘s offer to positively impact both the productivity and technical adaptability of the Mexican automotive sector.

Key skills to be acquired

Course participants acquire in-depth knowledge and relevant competences in different thematic fields of industrial toolmaking:

● Manufacturing technologies: materials, processes, strategies

● Design theory as well as materials and surface technology: Foundations of manufacturing and materials technology, methods and procedures of surface technology and concept development in design

● Repair and service/maintenance: origin and repair of damages, maintenance as a service

● Process and project management/ work organization: design of manufacturing processes, planning and managing projects, work organization, logistics services and operational networks

● CAD-CAM-NC chain and automation / simulation: characteristics and problems, computer-aided design methods, possibilities of automation, applications of requirement-specific CAD and CAM methods, numerical methods, use of simulation methods


The certificate course „Expert Industrial Tool and Die Making“ is offered by the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie. The WBA is active in the fields of research, industry consulting and training. It was founded in 2010 as a spin-off of the machine tool laboratory WZL of the RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. With over 80 member companies (including Audi, Daimler, Hirschvogel, Rathgeber), it develops innovative solutions for toolmaking. By mapping the entire process chain of toolmaking, new solutions can be tested in our own state-of-the-art machinery. Accordingly, new ideas and technologies for the industry are being developed and piloted in the demonstration world of the WBA at the RWTH Aachen Campus. In this context, the WBA is built on its extensive international experience in consulting and continuing education in the automotive sector.