Hard metal as tool material - characterisation - coating - application

Within the framework of the COMET K2 program „Materials, Processes and Product Engineering” (MPPE), the Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH (MCL) kindly invites to the first:

COMET MPPE Workshop 
Hard metals as tool material: Characterisation – Coating – Application 
on 23. October 2013 
in Leoben, Austria

Scope of the Workshop:

Hard metals are composite materials that exhibit an extraordinary combination of properties such as hardness, toughness and resistance to wear and plastic deformation. The mentioned properties exceed those of other material classes and can be tuned in a wide range by variation of the material’s microstructure. In combination with hard coatings, the performance of hard metal tools can be improved even further. In many industrial fields such as metal machining, mining, cold forming or wear application the use of coated hard metal tools is today indispensable for competitive production.

The current workshop shall inform on trends in well-known fields of application of hard metals and illustrate their potential to significantly push productivity limits under high cyclic loads.

The workshop aims at bringing together experts and applicants from industry and academia to foster mutually beneficial discussion on topics such as:

  • synthesis of hard metals – recently developed hard metal grades. 
  • shaping and coating of hard metal tools. 
  • loading conditions of hard metal tools in industrial application.
  • innovative and also more common applications of hard metals as tool materials.

Target audience:

The workshop is oriented towards technicians, process engineers, design engineers as well as researchers and developers interested in characterisation, coating and application of hard metal tools. The number of presentations has been limited to provide sufficient time for discussions.

Further information on the workshop can be found in the Workshop Flyer “Preliminary Programme”

For more up-to date information please visit the workshop homepage



If you want to attend the workshop, please download the Registration form and send the filled form to :

Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH 
Roseggerstraße 12, A-8700 Leoben 

Registration deadline for attendants is 01. September 2013