The Department


The Department of Computer Integrated Design

The Department

The Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK) is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technische Universität Darmstadt. The integration of information technology as integral part of modern mechanical engineering and the linkage of research and education to industrial needs are our fundamental targets. Moreover the DiK is positioned as the competence center of information technology affairs within the faculty.

Advanced teachings

Besides our lecture concerning information technology and programming languages in the first semester, we are introducing students in the second semester to 3D-CAD based methods of geometric modeling. This approach initiated the move from a drawing board based course to an education based on parametric geometry modelling using 3D-CAD systems (also known as “Darmstädter Weg”).

Core competence: Virtual Product Development

The principles and methods of processing product data are still quite challenging. To understand product data, product data flows and product data processing, the holistic approach of Virtual Product Development has been chosen for education and research. Therefore Virtual Product Development is offered as a series of courses for graduates consisting of Virtual Product Development A, B and C, covering CAD systems technology, CAX-process chains, product data management as well as methods and tools for product and process specification and modelling.

Research perspective: Industrie 4.0

In research, the Department of Computer Integrated Design connects the four research fields “Information Modeling”, “Virtual Product Creation”, “Collaborative Engineering” and “Digital Factory”. By the evolution of information and communication technology, economy faces the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Federal Government of Germany has set up its High-Tech-Strategy 2020 in order to support the research initiative Industrie 4.0. Industrie 4.0 is characterized by four fundamental approaches: Deployment of cyber-physical systems, networking and communication based on modern internet technologies, components and manufacturing resources as information carriers and a holistic concept for safety and security. This enables the application of smart, connected products and manufacturing resources throughout the entire product lifecycle in smart environments. To ensure competitiveness of Germany as production site, the Plattform Industrie 4.0 has been founded. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl is the spokesman of the scientific advisory council. The Department of Computer Integrated Design supports the transfer of knowledge from science and research into industrial environment. The scientific expertise of the Department of Computer Integrated Design is continuously enhanced by numerous research projects and cooperation with industry. If you want to learn more about Industrie 4.0, you are invited to contact the Department of Computer Integrated Design as competent advisor.


  • 2017/07/10

    Bewilligung des LOEWE-Schwerpunkts „Software Factory 4.0“


    Die rechtzeitige Verfügbarkeit von hochwertiger Software ist ein entscheidender Erfolgsfaktor für Unternehmen und Wirtschaftsräume – und notwendig für das Funktionieren des Zusammenlebens in modernen Gesellschaften. Die einschneidenden Veränderungen in der industriellen Produktion (Stichwort Industrie 4.0) und in der elektronischen Verarbeitung von Informationen (Stichwort Big Data) erfordern die Entwicklung geeigneter Softwaresysteme.

  • 2017/07/10

    President of the Vietnamese-German University visited DiK


    On July 5, 2017 the President of the Vietnamese-German University (VGU), Dr. Ha Thuc Vien, visited the Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK). During this time, he visited the process learning factory CiP and the applied Industrie 4.0 concepts there. Afterwards, Dr. Vien visited the recently established research laboratory of the DiK, where he can see the department's scientific works and demonstrators in the areas of virtual product development, additive manufacturing, IT security, and Industrie 4.0.

  • 2017/06/23

    DiK welcomed delegates from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China


    On June 22, 2017 a delegation from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China visited the Department of Computer Integrated Design to get information about Industrie 4.0 and to raise awareness. The head of the department, Prof. Reiner Anderl, gave a lecture about the development and potentials of digital transformation through Industrie 4.0. Afterwards, the delegates visited the process learning factory CiP of the TU Darmstadt and the newly established DiK's research lab, where they could see the implementation of Industrie 4.0 concepts in numerous demonstrators.

  • 2017/06/20

    Opening of Research Lab

    The Department of Computer Integrated Design has a new research laboratory, where our scientific work and demonstrators are presented.

  • 2017/05/23

    DiK erhält die Bewilligung für die zweite Förderperiode des SCoPE-Projektes im BRAGECRIM-Förderprogramm

    Intelligente Bauteile werden zu Informationsträgern. Diese „smarten“ Bauteile entstehen durch die Verschmelzung von mechanischen, elektronischen und informationstechnischen Systemen mit modernen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien.