Flexible Sheet Metal Processing Center - EiMa



Lisa-Marie Reitmaier

Academic Staff


+49 241 80-25117


The hybrid sheet metal processing center EiMa in birds-eye view Copyright: © Ahrens+Steinbach

The flexible sheet metal processing center at IBF is a custom-made machine built in cooperation with EiMa Maschinenbau GmbH. It provides a multitude of potential applications such as incremental sheet forming, short ISF, stretch forming and a combination of both. The application of a laser to support ISF also enables the forming of materials that are difficult to form at room temperature. In addition, workpieces can be pre- and post-processed by incremental flanging, incremental hole flanging, milling, laser cutting and by local heat treatment with a laser. Possible services include the production of prototypes or small batches of customized parts.


  • 5-axis portal milling machine with 4 stretch forming modules (with 2 axes each)
  • Working space: 2000 x 1500 x 700 mm³ (l x w x h)
  • Maximum tool speed: 40 m/min
  • Maximum force of the stretch forming modules
    • in X- and Y-axis: 200 kN
    • in Z-axis: 100 kN
  • Optional: Laser heating or laser cutting optics
    • Laser power: 2.2 kW
    • Beam parameter product: 44 mm mrad
    • Wavelength: 978 - 1025 nm