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.


  • 2017/02/24

    DiK Mitarbeiter besuchen SCHOTT Systeme in München

    Das DiK weitet sein Angebot an CAD/CAM Lizenzen weiter aus. Im Rahmen einer dreitägigen Schulung bei der Firma SCHOTT Systeme werden die Mitarbeiter Andreas Faath, Alexander Kern, Stefan Kugler und Christian Steinmetz in die Grundlagen des CAD/CAM Systems Pictures von SCHOTT Systeme eingeführt. Das DiK erhält zudem eine Lizenz des CAD/CAM Systems.

  • 2017/02/21

    Department presentation at the taster days for girls

    On February 8, eleven girls in their senior classes of high school came to visit the department as part of the annual taster days for girls at TU Darmstadt. They were given an introduction to the research areas of the department as well as the opportunity to see and test some devices and prototypic implementations. Among those was a haptic feedback device presented by Christian Steinmetz and a robotic arm introduced by Erdal Tantik. In the final reflection session of the event, in which questions regarding the before seen and mechanical engineering studies in general could be addressed, the group was supported by Katrin Pitz. The taster days aim to guide girls in their study decision and familiarize them with STEM fields.