The Lost Foam Council
Build up and share expertise
The versatility of the Lost Foam Casting Process opens up countless new possibilities and makes it the perfect complement to other casting procedures. Therefore it is all the more important to work on the exploitation of further Lost Foam potentials.
For this purpose, the Lost Foam Council e. V. supports the scientific and technological development of the lost foam casting process in Europe. All enterprises and institutions involved in the process chain – from the development and production of the polymer foam patterns to the completion of the metal components as prototypes, small or large series - profit from this.
We act as intermediary between business, industry, research and politics. As a registered association we bring together Lost Foam experts and foster a fruitful networking. With this approach we formulate our aspiration: We want to exploit new potentials with the innovative Lost Foam process and we want to make it an indispensable complement to other casting processes for the production of complex components.
We are the first contact for the Lost Foam Casting Process, we offer regular training and further education courses, and we put you in contact with the appropriate experts on lost foam. If you have any questions or suggestions, just get in touch with us.
Dipl.-Ing. Reinhard Woltmann
From 1983 to 1989, Reinhard Woltmann organized the planning of the BMW foundry in Landshut which he then also managed from 1989 until 1997. There he was involved in the development of the six cylinder cylinder head produced in Lost Foam. Its series production then started in 1997. Since 1997 he has been head of the department “Technology Light Metals and Casting Processes” at the BMW research center. In 2003 he founded the Lost Foam Council together with Prof. O. Hahn and Dipl.-Ing F.-J. Wöstmann.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Busse
As a scientific employee and later on as a graduated engineer with a doctorate at the University of Paderborn, Matthias Busse established an internationally involved center for Lost Foam technology from 1988 until 1994. From 1994 until 2003, he worked in the group research department of Volkswagen, where he wrote his habilitation thesis also on the topic of Lost Foam. Since 2003, Mathias Busse has been the managing director of the Fraunhofer IFAM (Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials) as well as the head of the chair for near net-shape production technologies at the University of Bremen. Since 2005 he has been the deputy chairman of the Lost Foam Council.
Dipl.-Ing. Franz-Josef Woestmann, MBA
Since 1998, Franz-Josef Woestmann is active in the Lost Foam. In 2004 he has became the head of the casting technology department at the Frauenhofer IFAM (Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials). Through his tasks in the field of research and development Franz-Josef Woestmann is familiar with the full range of casting processes and materials as well as with the process and product development. Since 2003 Franz-Josef Wöstmann is managing director of Lost Foam Council.