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.


  • 2017/05/23

    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.

  • 2017/05/23

    Industrie 4.0 in der Raumfahrt

    Generaldirektor der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA besucht die TU Darmstadt

    Die Verzahnung von Produktion mit modernen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien läutet die 4. industrielle Revolution ein. Die damit verbundene Digitalisierung von Prozessen verspricht enorme Potenziale zur Optimierung und Flexibilisierung ganzer Wertschöpfungsketten.

  • 2017/05/23

    Industrie 4.0 – Digitalisierung erleben

    Wirtschafts-Vereinigung Bensheim e.V. zu Gast im Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt

    Am 17.05.2017 empfing das Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt Mitglieder und Interessierte der Wirtschafts-Vereinigung Bensheim e.V., um zum Thema Digitalisierung in der Produktion zu informieren und zu sensibilisieren.

  • 2017/05/09

    Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt digitalisiert Instandhaltungsprozesse für Diesel-Notstromaggregaten

    Kooperationsvereinbarung Umsetzungsprojekt MiT4.0

    Neues Umsetzungsprojekt gestartet

    Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt startet ein neues Umsetzungsprojekt mit der Kunzler Service GmbH. Professor Reiner Anderl (Leiter des Fachgebietes DiK, TU Darmstadt) und Herr Thomas Moog (Geschäftsführer, Kunzler Service GmbH) unterzeichneten am 09. Mai die Kooperationsvereinbarung an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt. Das Ziel des Projektes ist die Erarbeitung einer Digitalisierungslösung, um die Durchgängigkeit des gesamten Wertschöpfungsprozesses bei der Instandhaltung von Diesel-Notstromaggregaten zu unterstützen. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf der Digitalisierung und Verfügbarkeit der technischen Grundlagen für Instandhaltungsprozesse.

  • 2017/04/28

    Girls' Day @ DiK

    At april 27th eleven girls from 11 to 16 years joint us at the Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK) for the Girls’ Day. After a presentation about the department and the daily life of an Ph.D. candidate the development process from the idea to the product was represented. In the following, different demonstrators have been shown, for example the fused deposition modeling printer. In the end of the day the girls used a 3-D-CAD-System for their first modeling steps.