ACCESS is an independent research center associated with the RWTH Aachen University. ACCESS employs a permanent workforce of 50, aided by up to 25 student assistants. Arising from a working group of the Foundry Institute of the RWTH Aachen University, ACCESS was established as a registered non-profit-making research association in 1986.
The strength of ACCESS resides in the expertise of its team in achieving advanced solutions in the field of development and/or optimization of Materials and Processes, with special focus on metallic materials and casting processes.
The success is based on pooling a diversity of individual skills, which have enabled ACCESS to merge both scientific and technological know-how under the banner: "Excellence in science demonstrated in application". A special interest at ACCESS is to promote the education of students by providing a fascinating opportunity via which they are able to pursue their scientific studies with a special focus on industrial applications.
A range of tasks is currently being executed for industry on a mutually exclusive contract basis.
With a current annual budget of €5m, the research activities are supported by:
- The State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWFT, MWA)
- The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- The German Aerospace Center (DLR)
- The German Academic Society (DFG)
- The European Union (EU)
- The European Space Agency (ESA)